Superior-Ami Friendship Garden Project

Superior-Ami Friendship Garden Project


Members of the Adult Delegation from Ami-machi visit the Friendship Garden.

A number of Rotary Club 40 members, along with Mayor and Mrs. Hagen, City Council members, and Chief Administrator of Parks and Recreation, Mary Morgan, welcomed Mayor Amada and other Delegates from Ami-machi to the Friendship Garden on August 22, 2013. This was the first chance for our friends in Ami to see the Garden since Phase II was completed last year. Following the introductions, the Delegates were presented with 2013 Dragonboat Festival caps and Rotary pins. Mary Morgan also explained the history of the development of the Friendship Garden.

Phase II is complete!

On July 11, 2012, Superior Rotary Club 40 dedicated Phase II of the Friendship Garden as part of its 100th Anniversary celebration in Billings Park.  Brief speeches were made by Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen, Rotary Club President Warren Bender, Sister City Commission Coordinator Rani Gill, and a representative of Congressman Sean Duffy.

The Superior Telegram covered the event:

     "Dedicated to Friendship"

As did Fox21 News:

     "Friendship Garden Dedication in Billings Park"

Here are some pictures from the dedication ceremony, and of the completed garden.  It's a lovely place for strolling and contemplation.

Garden Dedication

Phase II is underway! 

Here are some recent pictures of the installation of new elements in the Friendship Garden.  Work is on hiatus for the winter, but will resume in the spring.  Many thanks to all who have made this work possible!

Stepping stones towards St. Louis River

Stepping stones towards
St. Louis River
Stepping stones towards Phase I area

 Stepping stones towards the parking area

Dry river bed with river stones

Dry river bed made from
river stones

Generous donation for Phase II

Superior Rotary Club 40 has donated $20,000 towards the next phase of the project in honor of its 100th Anniversary.  Thank you, Rotary!

Phase II will consist of the following:
- Simulated waterway (gravel/stone river)
- Moon bridge over the waterway
- Pathway to the west toward the river with stepping stones
- Addition of more seating/benches
- Signage (4 total)
        -1 sign commemorating the Rotary’s 100th anniversary and peace and international mission
        -3 pedestal signs related to the Sister City relationship and the garden itself

View of Phase I of the gardenDedication of Phase I    

After efforts spanning 10 years, Phase I of the Superior-Ami Friendship Garden was dedicated on September 28, 2010.  Members, friends, and supporters of the Sister City Commission and the garden were on hand to witness the ribbon cutting by Mayor Dave Ross and Former Mayor Koji Kawata, now Chair of the Ami International Exchange Association.

 Local media also covered the dedication of the Friendship Garden:

  • Channel 10 (WDIO) News