Chestnut Hill Rotary in collaboration with the Chestnut Hill Garden District celebrated the dedication of an IIPT Peace Park this past week in this proud Philadelphia (U.S.A.) community. The dedication included the installation of a plaque in memory of Johanna Sigmund, who was killed in the 9\/11 World Trade Center attacks. Johanna was the daughter of John and Ruth Sigmund. \u00a0The Chestnut Hill Peace Park is meant to be an oasis amidst busy urban life \u2013 a place people can go to sit, meditate and find peace. In addressing the enthusiastic crowd gathered for the dedication, IIPT Founder and President, Lou D\u2019Amore expressed appreciation to Emily Daeschler, Chestnut Hill Garden District \u00a0President; Larry Schofer and Christina Spolsky, Chestnut Hill Rotary; and\u00a0 Kate O\u2019Neill, Chestnut Hill Business District for their efforts in making the Peace Park a reality. He also gave a brief history of the IIPT Global Peace Parks Project beginning with its\u00a0 initial seeding in Seaforth Park in the center of Vancouver, Canada on the first day of the IIPT First Global Conference: Tourism \u2013 A Vital Force for Peace that brought together 800 persons from 68 countries and launched the \u2018Peace through Tourism\u2019 Movement. Four years later \u2013 IIPT commemorated Canada\u2019s 125th birthday with a \u201cPeace Parks across Canada\u201d project that was launched from three sites: Seaforth Park, Vancouver, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park \u2013 the world\u2019s first International Peace Park and Victoria Park, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island \u2013\u00a0 birthplace of Canadian Confederation. Peace Parks across Canada resulted in 350 peace parks being dedicated by cities and towns from St. John\u2019s, Newfoundland on the shores of the Atlantic, across five time zones to Victoria, British Colombia on the shores of the Pacific. The Peace Parks were dedicated at Noon local time, October 8, 1992 as a National Peace Keeping Monument was being unveiled in Ottawa, the Nation\u2019s capital, and 5,000 Peacekeepers passing in review.\u00a0 Each park dedicated with a \u2018bosco sacro\u2019 \u2013 a peace grove of 12 trees, symbolic of Canada\u2019s 10 Provinces and 2 Territories, and a symbol of hope for the future. Of the more than 25,000 Canada 125 projects, \u201cPeace Parks across Canada\u201d was said to be the most significant. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the first year of the new millennium \u2013 the IIPT Global Peace Parks Project was launched at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the baptismal site of Christ as a legacy of the IIPT Amman Global Summit. There are currently some 450 IIPT Peace Parks located throughout the world. Recent dedications include Sun River National Park, Pu\u2019er, China; Danzai Wanda, Guizhou Province, China \u2013 developed as a Tourism Town for poverty alleviation, dedicated as an \u201cIIPT Town of Peace;\u201d and just west of Philadelphia in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania \u2013 the IIPT Peace Promenade along the Susquehanna River. Other speakers included Larry Schofer, president of the Chestnut Hill Rotary Club, who emphasized that the Rotary motto of \u201cservice above self\u201d includes working with the local community. \u201cThe Peace Park is a great local addition to our community and shows what organizations can accomplish by working together,\u201d he said. Emily Daeschler, President, Chestnut Hill Garden District, said her group will continue to work to beautify the community and thanked Burke Brothers for their donation of garden care. For more news about IIPT, please click here.