Sister City Garden

Sister City Gardens

Tempe Sister Cities honors its members, volunteers, program participants and supporters with the Dick and Jane Neuheisel Sister City Garden

Enjoy a lush oasis of topiaries and commemorative plaques located in Kiwanis Community Park.

The Sister City Garden is available for everyone to enjoy and include a ramada where special events and ceremonies can be held.

Recognizing Former Delegates’ Adventuresome Friendships

More than 600 plaques line the walkway leading into the Sister City Garden, marking the footsteps of our student delegates who eagerly and courageously dared to participate in cross-cultural exchange and build friendships with their peers in our sister cities.

Each plaque displays the names of both the Tempe student delegate and their sister city host side-by-side, symbolizing the friendships built during the exchanges.

As you walk down the path toward the gardens, you’ll walk through time: The first plaques bear the names of the Tempe students and their Yugoslav counterparts who participated in the first exchange in 1973 with our first sister city, Skopje, which is now part of the Republic of Macedonia.

Upon nearing the garden, you’ll find the names of the most recent student ambassadors who travel not only to Europe but also to Asia and South America and of their new friends who’ve come to Tempe as well.

There are similar plaques commemorating the professionals and educators from Tempe and our sister cities who have also boldly crossed cultural divides to learn from one another and grow to call each other friends.

Honoring Supporters of Tempe Sister Cities’ Diplomatic Efforts

The Ring of Honor was created to commemorate the generosity of people who have gone above and beyond in their support of the Tempe Sister Cities to ensure its continued success and development.

In the Ring of Honor, you can see both the names and the faces of Tempe Sister Cities’ most admired contributors who hail from Tempe as well as our sister cities

What other activities are available in Kiwanis Community Park?

Feel free to pack a lunch to enjoy in our picnic area and explore the park after your garden visit.

Kiwanis Community Park is open to the public and offers many recreational options including several sports fields and a public pool. Tempe Sister Cities couldn’t have asked for a better location to recognize publicly the fabulous people associated with our organization than a open meeting ground where people can gather and friendships can grow.

Additional Images of the Gardens

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