2020 Award of Excellence
Parks and Recreation Ontario
The Itabashi Garden embodies cultural, recreational, social and even spiritual goals. Burlington’s commitment to mundialization is celebrated – exemplifying its goal to promote peace and understanding among all peoples. The authenticity of a Japanese garden is captured and celebrated in the context of the Niagara Escarpment, a defining feature of Canada. Leveraging the power of landscape, Itabashi Garden is a place that welcomes all, symbolizes friendship and promotes understanding of the bonds that unite us together.
Itabashi Garden has become a major addition to our community’s park system …The garden is an elevation in the traditional park design in our city and is a place to walk, sit, commune with nature, photograph and play. Marianne Meed Ward, Mayor of Burlington
While Itabashi Garden is clearly a Japanese Garden, it is full of new perspectives created through Japan-Canada exchange. Takako Ito, Consul-General for Japan