Astoria: Garden of Surging Waves


The Garden of Surging Waves seeks to honor the experiences of the early Chinese immigrants and to celebrate their collective accomplishments and contributions to the Lower Columbia River Basin. The Garden of the Surging Waves is located in downtown Astoria where early Chinese immigrants labored and resided in the 1800s. The garden design references the 9-square grid, a fundamental organization that is commonly used in ancient Chinese culture. Significant private fundraising by the local community and the Chinese community in Portland is supporting the City of Astoria’s efforts. The garden is located directly adjacent to the downtown core and directly across the street from Astoria City Hall.


  • Total Construction Costs $1.4 Million
  • Astor East Urban Renewal Area design grant $250,000
  • Urban Renewal construction grant $350,000 Promote Astoria funds $350,000 Remaining funds from private citizens and Foundation support
  • Donation from Mr. Huo, a Chinese philanthropist of artwork for the garden

Community Benefits

  • Gathering spot for local community Part of Heritage Square is the permanent location for Sunday Market
  • Historical and cultural education Provide outdoor space to complement downtown businesses
  • Enhances destination tourism

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