Previously hidden from public view and crime-prone, Cottageville Park is now integrated into the community and features a garden, trails, and recreation facilities. “The process for building that park was very unique and we did tons of community outreach,” reflects Mayor Molly Cummings, who partnered with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the Metropolitan Council. “We had lots of neighborhood meetings and one thing that we have found in communicating with some of our diverse population is that verbal invitation is better than putting something on your website or sending something via the mail.” Another innovative tool the city used to cultivate engagement was the use of pictures to bridge language gaps. As gardens have been viewed as unique “participatory landscapes” that connect immigrants to their cultural heritage (Saldivar-Tanaka & Krasny, 2004), the renovated park can become a gathering space for all.