Nearly 30 years ago the Swiss community of Utah was invited by the International Peace Gardens Committee of Salt Lake City to set up a peace garden honoring their native country of Switzerland.
After considerable effort during more than four years, an extensive garden was created, culminated by the replica of the Matterhorn, Switzerland's most famous mountain, a Swiss chalet with granary, a pool with rustic bridge and extensive landscaping with young forests and rock gardens.This year, in a massive beautification program, the Swiss Peace Garden has been upgraded and greatly improved. A new scale model of a Swiss chalet has been built, additional flower beds planted, the landscaping extended, a new and higher flag pole erected and a new bridge and walkway installed.
The 50-foot-high Matterhorn, which for 25 years has dominated the skyline of the International Peace Gardens, has likewise been restored and its appearance greatly improved. This structure consists of a massive steel skeleton that supports a heavy layer of metal lath, covered by three thick covers of special plaster and cement.
In celebration of this extensive restoration, the Swiss Peace Garden Committee has scheduled rededication services for Saturday, July 9, 1988 at 2 p.m. Governor Norm Bangerter and Salt Lake City Mayor Palmer DePaulis will deliver dedicatory remarks. The government of Switzerland will be represented by Wilford Lieber, honorary consul for the State of Utah. The well-known Swiss Chorus Edelweiss of Salt Lake City will render Swiss singing and Swiss music.
One of the highlights will be the hoisting of a new large Swiss national flag with its familiar white cross on a red field. It was donated by the Swiss Federal Council, Switzerland's highest governmental body.
Charles Krauser has supervised the restoration of the garden and furnished most of the work. A member of the Swiss Peace Garden Committee since 1963, he serves now as its chairman. He has also been one of the foremost members of the Swiss Chorus Edelweiss for 40 years.
The public is invited to attend these services. Because of extensive repairs of Ninth West Street, access to the International Peace Gardens is from 13th South, driving north on Emery Street (170 West) to Fremont Avenue, then turning east on Fremont and north to Jordan Park.