A chilly autumn afternoon September 23rd, 2007 marked the Phase One Grand Opening of the Garden. Many friends of the Garden, dignitaries, and volunteers braved the temperatures to experience a rousing firecracker display and a spirited Lion Dance through the Garden. Despite frigid fingers, the Alberta Chinese Orchestra also entertained the crowd. Curious River Valley enthusiasts also stopped by to see a welcome addition to the list of River Valley attractions, and the sun even peeked out through-out the ceremony to warmly encourage the ceremony attendees.
As printed in RushHour newspaper, an image capturing a moment during the afternoon's events.