Parks and Recreation


Angel of Hope Statue & Memorial Brick Sponsorships

The Angel of Hope is located in the Maple Grove Arboretum. 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. Every year, the city's parks and recreation team hosts a candlelight memorial on December 6th at the arboretum.

Angel of Hope
Candlelight memorial

Sunday, December 6, 2020
10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Maple Grove Arboretum, 9400 Fernbrook Lane, Maple Grove, MN


Angel20of20Hope20Memorial.jpgThe Angel of Hope was first introduced to the world in the international best selling book and 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. You can view additional statue locations.

Visit Friend of the Angel website to learn more about joining the volunteer group who plan annual dedication and remembrance events.

Memorial bricks

Bricks around the Angel of Hope statue can be purchased and dedicated as a touching way to remember your loved one for years to come. Bricks are $125.00 each and can be ordered using the memorial brick order form or by a printable mail in order form.

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 the Maple Grove Parks & Recreation Department or call 763-494-5824.