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The International Peace Garden turns 90 this summer and the party is scheduled for July 29-31.
The celebration will include vendors from Pride of Dakota and Manitoba’s Apple & Pine Market, live music and a historic village demonstration by the Manitoba Living History Society. The Peace Garden works with the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and other tribes and First Nations in the state and province to present a powwow demonstration.
Plans are to offer a dinner this Friday evening called “The taste of 1932.”
Historical exhibits throughout the summer will lead up to the event.
Even though the garden’s centenary remains 10 years away, the board and staff want to start engaging people to share their stories and stories associated with the garden, said Tim Chapman, executive director of the Peace Garden.
“We know there are people in the local communities who are over 90 years old and who were here on this day in 1932 when they first dedicated the garden,” he said. “We will be reaching out to people and making appeals on social media and our website, so that everyone who has this good story, whether they are here in person or have been passed on to their families, we would like to record their stories and start building the audio database as well.
Before the primary celebration, there will be a special celebration that will take place from Friday, July 1, which is Canada Day, to Monday, July 4, American Independence Day.
Triathlon Manitoba is hosting a Peace Garden Triathlon which will include a bike race, swim and run. The first triathlon in 2019 drew around 200 participants, but future events have been put on hold due to COVID-19, Chapman said.
“We are excited to be working with Triathlon Manitoba again, helping them find US partners to really make this a staple annual event here in the garden. It went very well the first time because the organization didn’t have to close any highways. It’s not a full triathlon that you might see in other places. There is an abbreviated form, “ Chapman said. Still, the event attracted a lot of people and took them to see different parts of the garden, he said.
On Saturday, July 2, the Peace Garden will hold a grand opening for the new children’s play area.
The Peace Garden had received a capital grant from the state of North Dakota, which was matched by Manitoba to provide approximately $2.5 million for garden improvements. The money for the playground came from these funds.
The play area consists of a series of animal-like areas. There will be a turtle zone, a wolf zone, a hawk and eagle zone, a fox zone and a beaver zone. Children will be able to move through these different play structures and understand what it is like to be these animals and discover why the animals are important to the local ecology, Chapman said.
He said the Peace Garden has a variety of play structures, but they are dated. The new playground will be close to the heart of the garden, near the winter garden, the gift shop and the café.
“We really wanted to make the garden a more family-friendly place, right there in the yard,” Chapman said. “The play area is located right between the formal area and the terraces and veranda, so it actually creates more flow.”
The Peace Garden is running a fundraising campaign that gives major donors the naming rights to the conservatory being expanded and its interior features. People can also sponsor flower beds for $500 to $5,000, which comes with an option to participate in garden tours this summer.
The Peace Garden also encourages visitors to take advantage of its advance online reservations for camping, events, day or annual passes, kayak rentals and picnic areas.
Another good news for this summer is that the music camp will be back after taking a few years off due to the pandemic.
“The Peace Garden just isn’t the same place when you don’t have six or seven weeks of music camp and all the energy that brings. So to celebrate and welcome the return of the International Music Camp, we have designed our annual flower beds around music and the arts,” Chapman said. “For the first time, we’re actually offering individual flower bed sponsorship to support our budget and help us recover from a few years of lost revenue due to COVID. So yeah, it’s going to be a really exciting time to have the new playground, and the conservatory will be almost finished in late summer and early fall, and then just having all these students back who really bring a lot of life and play a lot of music for seven weeks. It’s going to be transformative and really help everyone, I think, feel a little more normal again.