Sen. Foung Hawj (DFL-St. Paul) is proud to announce the groundbreaking ceremony of the St. Paul-Changsha China Friendship Garden at Phalen Regional Park on Saturday, July 14 at 10:30 am. Senator Foung Hawj, Mayor Melvin Carter, and a representative from the Chinese Consulate will be speaking at the important event.
“I am proud to be part of this groundbreaking ceremony to open the Friendship Garden to the public. It is a symbol of Minnesota’s longstanding friendship with China and a recognition of our sister–city relationship,” said Senator Foung Hawj.
Changsha has been the sister-city to the City of St. Paul since 1988. The Sister-city China Friendship Garden resides on 1.2-acres at Phalen Park. The garden is a sister-city collaboration initiated by the MN China Friendship Garden Society, with the City of St. Paul and its Parks & Rec Department, St. Paul’s District 5 Planning Council, with the City of Changsha, Hunan Province, the Changsha People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and the Changsha Yanghu Wetland Park (Phalen Park’s sister park) in China. Most of the funds raised from this project came from donors of the grassroots level.
“As a Minnesota State Senator of Hmong descent, I cannot be more content to have this ancient replica of peace and tranquility, and the Hmong heritage wall made from the home of our ancestors to be placed here in the district that I represent,” Sen. Foung said. “This classical China Garden will bring visitors near and far to the East Side to experience its beauty and serenity.”