Discover a pocket of paradise in the heart of the Kootenays in a town called Creston. Creston is in fact a natural paradise with a unique climate of its own. A place where the climate is mild, the views are stunning, and quality of life is the best. Creston’s outdoor Millennium Park opened in 2004, thanks to amazing efforts by the Creston Valley Rotary Club, Creston Valley citizens, service groups, and businesses. It is located on 16th Avenue South, at Dogwood Street, on land that was donated to the Town by Crestbrook Forest Industries. The park features unique landscape elements and a variety of ornamental trees. The locally designed and constructed Japanese-style garden was a generous gift from Creston’s sister city of Kaminoho, Japan.
Visitor parking is available in the lot north of the park. The lot is RV accessible and also has a free sani-dump, which is available from April to October of each year. Follow the walking trail behind Millennium Park to reach the downtown area, and explore Creston’s shops and restaurants.
Travel Highway #3 to the community of Creston, BC. Once in Creston, turn south onto 16 Avenue and continue travelling south. On your right, park in the parking lot of the local library. Millennium Park is right next door.
Millennium Park has easy access for all. The Creston Elks Club built the covered bandstand theatre. The park is used for outdoor concerts, presentations, festivals, celebrations, and special events in the community. It is visited on Saturdays by visitors, locals, residents and vendors attending Creston's Farmers’ Market.
Surrounded by a stunning panoramic view of the Selkirk and Purcell Mountain Ranges, it’s a place to make wonderful memories and reflect on time spent with family and friends. The gardens do brighten up the park with flowers blooming rainbow colours like oranges, yellows, and reds. The park includes a wooden bridge crossing over a koi fishpond, sitting benches, fountains, statues, and well-maintained green lawns.
In Millennium Park, one gets to walk and experience all four seasons in this green space with access for all. The park features unique landscape elements and a variety of ornamental trees. On any given day, you can see a group of day care students looking, exploring, learning, and respecting the importance of green space. A young couple walking and talking about their future. An older couple remembering and reflecting on life, changes, and growth. But everyone turns their head to hear the laughter and smiles – it is a good day!
The walkways in the park provide a good route to explore the area. Follow the path, which is lined with wooden benches, to a beautiful Japanese Garden and to an outdoor bandstand theatre. This is a community park and used by everyone for the venues. The possibilities are endless; just use your imagination. You can hear music at scheduled concerts and spontaneously, as a group of musicians make music or write a song. Friendships are formed and revisited.
The Creston Valley Rotary Club, over 200 Creston Valley citizens, service groups and businesses helped with Millennium Park. Land that was donated to the Town by Crestbrook Forest Industries. The locally designed and constructed Japanese-style garden was a generous gift from Creston’s sister city of Kaminoho, Japan.
The Millennium Park attracts the young and old to the area. The park features unique landscape elements and a variety of ornamental trees. The park is free. It is home to the local Farmers’ Market, which meets on Saturday mornings (May - October).
Millennium Park is a gift that shows the growth and importance of the environment and green space. Working as a community and through the friendship of our sister city Kaminoho – half way across the globe – it’s amazing what we can accomplish when we work together!