This mission of Sister Cities International, which was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, brings together thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in nearly 500 member communities throughout the USA. These volunteers work hard to build relationships with over 2,000 international sister-city communities in more than 140 countries around the world.
Spokane is fortunate to have five sister cities.
Nishinomiya, Japan (since 1961)
Jilin City, China (since 1987)
Limerick, Ireland (since 1990)
Jecheon, South Korea (since 1999)
Cagli, Italy (since 2016)
The Sister Cities Association of Spokane is working with the Spokane Parks Department to raise awareness of the importance of our global connections and to create the Sister Cities Connections Garden in Riverfront Park downtown. Construction has been underway for some time.
Each of Spokane's 5 Sister Cities will contribute a symbolic feature to the new park. The Spokane-Nishinomiya Sister City Society will present a replica of the Nishinomiya Light House which was originally constructed in 1810 and is the only pre-Meiji era lighthouse active in Japan. (Source) The proposed Nishinomiya Light House will be 11 feet tall, half the height of the original in Nishinomiya. (See architectural rendering below.)
Thus far the Spokane-Nishinomiya Sister City Society has raised approximately $30,000 thanks to the generous support of many of you. However, we are still short about $25,000.
Any amount would be appreciated, but for those who are able to give $10,000 or more, the Spokane Parks Department has given us approval for displaying a plaque at the site with the contributor's name (or business name) permanently displayed for all visitors to view.
Please consider donating (at the bottom of this page) to complete the Nishinomiya Light House project. The Connections Sister Cities Garden will be dedicated on September 13 and we are in need of funds to complete this part. It's urgent.