Soldotna Japanese Garden





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Soldotna, Alaska

Total Budget: $10,000

Area of Focus: None

Activity Type: Community Development: General

Summary: Japanese Garden in Soldotna, Alaska to honor our relationship with Akita, Japan

Club members attended the first Rotary Presidential Peace Conference on environmental sustainability and peace, where Steve Yoshida, PDG District 5010, presented us with two Hiroshima survivor seeds. Soldotna's sister city is Akita, Japan and the idea was born to create a Japanese garden to honor this relationship, promote the idea of peace with these survivor seeds, and create a space for the community and visitors to utilize. This would be the only Japanese garden in Alaska.

This project is designed to complete the planning and site preparation for the garden, as this is expected to be a multi-year project. We are working with local government agencies to vet a proper site for the garden, and a task force has been created that includes local designers, aqua culturist, horticulturists, and others prominent in their fields as well as local Rotarians.

The funding would be utilized for the needs identified by the task force members and other subject matter experts including items such as preparatory landscaping, obtaining and placing suitable soils, procuring both native Alaskan and Japanese trees and vegetation, as well as other landscape features. Local Rotarians will assist with the project by donating time, labor, and other expertise in cooperation with the task force.

Project Contact Person

District: 5010

Rotary Club of: Soldotna

Primary Contact: Dan Nelson

Email: dan.nelson.ak@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

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History Log Entries


by Dan Nelson

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Denise Ringhand

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Denise Ringhand

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Dan Nelson.


by Denise Ringhand

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by Charlotte G Tharp

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

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