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Japanese 'tea house' coming to Centennial Park

Public amenity inspired by Japanese tea houses will provide space for small performances, children's programming
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A Japanese tea house-inspired amenity is coming to Centennial Park.

A new Japanese “tea house” is coming to Centennial Park. 

At the council meeting on Tuesday (July 2), $400,000 of grant funding from the Japanese Canadian Legacies Society was approved to construct a tea-house-inspired amenity in the park.

“It's not a literal tea house,” Mission arts and culture manager Mark Haney said.  “It is a small public amenity inspired by a tea house. I don't really anticipate it running as a retail beverage store.”

City staff collaborated with Mission Community Archives on the initiative that will feature historical and interpretive elements. The project is inspired the archives’ 1992 “Rites of Passage” exhibit.

The intent of the tea house is also to function as a community space to hold smaller performances, events and children’s programming in the summer.

“The project aims to create a public amenity in Centennial Park that commemorates and shares the stories of Japanese Canadian families who helped build the farming and forestry industries in Mission and acknowledge the decades of work the Mission Community Archives have put into preserving and disseminating these stories,” a staff report reads. 

Haney presented three different concepts for the tea house. He says public engagement will help determine the final design.  The proposed location situates the tea house near Grand Street and will be accessible from a parking lot. 

“It’s music to my ears,” Coun. Carol Hamilton said. 

Hamilton said Centennial is the perfect place for the project. 

Coun. Ken Herar, who was the lone opposing vote on the motion, said he was in favour of the project but not the location. 

According to Haney, the target for completion of the project is fall 2026 with a deadline of January 2027. He says a garden near the tea house is also part of the long-term plan for the area. 

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Dillon White

About the Author: Dillon White

I joined the Mission Record in November of 2022 after moving to B.C. from Nova Scotia earlier in the year.
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