Nikkei Legacy Park Restoration Project

Located just on the outskirts of downtown Greenwood, the Nikkei Legacy Park was originally called Boundary Creek Park and renamed Ohairi Park in 1998 to commemorate the internment of persons of Japanese ancestry in 1942. In 2014, Chuck Tasaka, a Sansei and former resident of Greenwood, spearheaded the Nikkei Legacy Park Restoration Project to bring back the park that has since been renamed the Nikkei Legacy Park. Work began on it upon approval from the City of Greenwood on May 25, 2015. 

On July 29, 2018, this park was officially reopened with a ribbon cutting ceremony in conjunction with the unveiling of the Nikkei Legacy Interpretive Greenwood Internment Signage.

Four years later on July 16, over 300 people celebrated the 80th Anniversary of the internment of the Nikkei in Greenwood.

If you would like to remember a former or current resident of Greenwood, donations are gratefully accepted. Learn how you can Leave a Lasting Legacy.

Nikkei Legacy Park Through the Years

Photo credit Ciel Sander (2024)  

February 2, 2024 B.C. Attorney General Niki Sharma and MLA of Boundary – Similkameen Roly Russell visited the Nikkei Legacy Park.   

Front (sitting): Johnny Ikari, Fumio Izuka and Shig Uyeyama
Back : Chuck Tasaka, George Yamaguchi, Audrey Higashi, Sylvia Oye, Seiji and Sachi Matsuo, Gail Shimizu, Clare Tanaka-Folvik, Boyd Higashi, Ken and Cec Hamanishi, Irene Terada, AG Niki Sharma, MLA Roly Russell.

Photo credit Ciel Sander (2024)

Photo credit Ciel Sander (2024)

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference (CSC) – June 28, 2023

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre Internment Bus Tour 

Photo credit Chuck Tasaka

Photo credit Amy Fleming (2023)

Photo credit Ciel Sander (2018)

Photo credit Chuck Tasaka (2016 )

Photo credit Chuck Tasaka (2017 )

Photo credit Chuck Tasaka (2015 )