Parks and Recreation

Angel of Hope Statue & Memorial Brick Sponsorships

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Angel of Hope paver dedication ceremony originally scheduled for June 7, 2020 has been delayed. The new date is TBA and will depend on public health guidelines for large gatherings. Watch this space and for more information. Pavers purchased in the fall or winter of 2019-2020 will be installed at the Angel by late May and families are invited to visit the park at any time while observing social distancing guidelines.

The Maple Grove Christmas Box Angel of Hope is located in the Maple Grove Arboretum just north of County Road 30 at 9400 Fernbrook Lane N. A grieving grandmother, Rosemarie Rosengren, donated the angel in memory of her grandson, Andrew. Rosemarie wanted to leave a memorial where mourning parents and families could find a place of solace. This angel was dedicated on May 6, 2001.    

Angel20of20Hope20Memorial.jpgThe Christmas Box Angel of Hope was first introduced to the world in the international best selling book and hit television movie "The Christmas Box," written by Richard Paul Evans. The Original Angel of Hope statue, inspired by the book, was dedicated on December 6, 1994 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since the placement of this first statue, it has become known as a place of hope and healing for anyone who has suffered the loss of a child. Each year, individuals and agencies in support of grieving parents sponsor new statues to be placed throughout the world. Additional statue locations.

Interested in joining the volunteer group called "Friends of the Angel"?


Memorial Brick Sponsorships

This is a touching way to remember your loved one for years to come. Bricks can be purchased for $125.00 each using the Memorial Brick Online Order Form or by our printable Mail In Order Form (.PDF)

Brick specifics:

  • Brick size is 4" x 8"
  • Will accommodate 16 characters per line
  • Up to three lines
  • The anticipated installation date is determined at the time of the order
  • Placement on the plaza is at the discretion of the City
  • Each sponsor will be notified of the brick location

For more information, contact Parks & Recreation or call 763-494-5824.

Candlelight Memorial - December 6th

Each year a candlelight memorial is held at the Angel of Hope statue on December 6th at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend this short, simple secular ceremony. Candles will be provided. Attendees are invited to bring a white flower to leave at the base of the statue in memory of loved ones.

The Angel of Hope is one of more than 50 Christmas Box Angels throughout the world that are gathering places for anyone grieving the loss of a child of any age, for any reason.