Share your roots: ‘lettuce’ know your ideas for a new multi-cultural garden

May 14, 2019
Public service announcement

With construction at Rutland Centennial Park well underway, residents, businesses and organizations are invited to learn about and share ideas on the park’s multi-cultural garden.

See garden details and talk with the project team at an open house on Wednesday, May 22, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Rutland Centennial Park, 190 McIntosh Road.

“By creating a space for a multi-cultural garden at Rutland Centennial Park, we hope to honour Rutland’s heritage and cultural diversity,” says Melanie Steppuhn, Park and Landscape Planner. “We want to hear from individuals and different cultural groups regarding what a multi-cultural garden might look like and what types of plant species, types and colours are culturally significant to them.”

The garden is one component of improvements at Rutland Centennial Park, which have included a new sports field, an accessible playground, pathways, bench seating, landscaping and an expanded playground. Although Phase 3 improvements are expected to be complete by the end of May 2019, plants will be added to the garden following the open house.

“What we hear at the open house will help us determine which plants to add to the garden, in consideration of other factors such as maintenance and climate suitability,” adds Steppuhn.

The City acquired the previously-undeveloped, 2.5-hectare park space next to Rutland Centennial Hall in February 2015 and has since transformed the park into a community space that can be used year-round. Upgrades to date, including phases one through three, total approximately $1.2 million.

For information about the Rutland Centennial Park project and to sign up for e-updates, visit