The International Peace Garden is celebrating its 90th anniversary this summer with a party scheduled for July 29-31.
The festivities will include vendors from Dakota Pride and the Manitoba Apple and Pine Market, live music and a demonstration of the Historic Village by the Manitoba Living History Association. Peace Garden is working with Chippewa’s Turtle Mountain Band and other tribes and First Nations in the state and province to showcase the powwow demonstration.
plan to serve dinner on friday night “Taste of 1932.”
A summer-long historical exhibition will lead to the event.
Tim Chapman, executive director of Peace Gardens, said that while the garden’s centennial is still 10 years away, the board and staff want to start letting people share their garden-related stories and histories.
“We know there are people in the local community in their 90s who were here when they first dedicated the garden on that day in 1932,” He said. “We’re going to be reaching out to people and calling out through social media and our website so that anyone with a good history, whether they’ve been here in person or passed on to their family, we’re willing to document their story and start building Audio Database.”
Before the main festivities, special celebrations will be held from Friday, July 1 (Canada Day) to Monday, July 4 (Independence Day).
Triathlon Manitoba is organizing a Peace Garden triathlon that includes cycling, swimming and running. The first triathlon of 2019 drew about 200 participants, but future events were suspended due to COVID-19, Chapman said.
“We are delighted to be working with Triathlon Manitoba again to help them find a US partner to really make this a major annual event in the garden. The first run was very smooth as the organization didn’t have to close any highways. It’s not possible for you The full triathlon seen elsewhere. There’s an abbreviated form,” Chapman said. Still, the event drew a lot of people and drew them to different parts of the garden, he said.
On Saturday, July 2, Peace Garden will have a grand opening for the new children’s play area.
Peace Garden received a capital grant through North Dakota, and Manitoba provided approximately $2.5 million for garden renovations. Playground money comes from these funds.
The playground consists of a series of areas patterned with animals. There will be a turtle section, wolf section, eagle and hawk section, fox section and beaver section. Children will be able to walk through these different play structures, learn what it’s like to be one of these animals, and understand why these animals are important to local ecology, Chapman said.
He said the Peace Garden had a variety of rides, but they were all outdated. The new playground will be close to the heart of the garden, close to a greenhouse, gift shop and café.
“We really wanted to make the garden a more family-centric and friendly place on the pitch,” Chapman said. “The play area is between the formal area, the patio and the conservatory, so it actually creates more flow.”
Peace Garden is in the midst of a capital campaign to grant naming rights to large donors for the expanding greenhouse and its interior features. People can also sponsor flower beds for $500 to $5,000, with the option to take a garden tour this summer.
Peace Garden also encourages visitors to use its advance online reservations for camping, activities, day or annual passes, kayak rentals and picnic areas.
Another good news for this coming summer is that music camp is returning after a few years of hiatus due to the pandemic.
“The Garden of Peace is not the same place when you don’t have six or seven weeks of music camps and all the energy that brings. So to celebrate and welcome the return of international music camps, we have designed our annual flower bed designs around music and art, “ Chapman said. “This is the first time we’ve actually sponsored individual flower beds to support our budget and help us get back on our feet after a couple of years of lost income due to Covid-19. So yeah, having a new play area is going to be a very Exciting time and the conservatory will be nearing completion in late summer and early fall. And then to get back all those students who have really brought a lot of life and played a lot of music in seven weeks. It’s going to be transformative and really help everyone, I think it’s starting to feel more like a normal person.”