Sister City Plaza
For over 20 years we've developed meaningful relationships with several communities internationally. Together, we've shown the importance of respect and cooperation between cultures that can sometimes seem worlds apart.
In 2007 the Sister City Plaza was dedicated in an effort to commemorate the efforts of everyone involved. With the help of the Boulder Sister City Alliance, we developed a space that celebrates seven Sister Cities: Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Jalapa, Nicaragua; Kisumu, Kenya; Lhasa, Tibet; Mante, Mexico; Yamagata, Japan and Yateras, Cuba. A new sister city with Nablus was added in December 13, 2016, and does not yet have a stone marker.
The Sister City Plaza was built in downtown Boulder, on the east lawn of the Municipal Building. It's made up of artistic stone and metal inlay squares. Each square represent unique geographic and economic features exclusive to each region. The plaza design also includes seating areas, entry columns, lighting and low-water landscaping and an herb garden with plants common to those areas. A delegation from Yamagata, Japan came to Boulder in April of 2007 and gifted 50 cherry trees to the City, several of which are planted in the plaza area.
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department is proud to be a part of a state-wide Plant Select® Program with the addition of our Sister City Plant Select® Garden at the plaza. This garden was planted in the spring of 2007 and will grow and change through the years as new Plant Select® Plants are added! Landscaping Plant Select® is a cooperative program administered by Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado State University in concert with horticulturists and nurseries throughout the Rocky Mountain region and beyond. The purpose of Plant Select® is to seek out, identify and distribute the very best plants for landscapes and gardens from the intermountain region to the high plains of Colorado.