Dr. David Murdoch, who moved to Tacoma with his wife in 1982, initiated the reconciliation project. In 1992, he joined with city councilman Robert Evans, former State Representative Art Wang (D-Tacoma), and community activists to initiate the process of making amends.
As part of the reconciliation process, a Chinese Commemorative park and international pavilion will be built at the former National Guard site on Commencement Bay, not far from the early Chinese settlement that was forced to leave. The cost is estimated at $6 million and the architect is J. A. Brennan and Associates in association with Joe Y. Wai Architect Inc.
The Chinese Reconciliation Project Foundation was founded in 1994. Their objective is to promote peace and harmony in Tacoma's multicultural community, to educate the community and establish historical memory, to build the Chinese commemorative park for the use of the community, to set a reconciliation example for other communities across the country that have encountered similar events, and finally to explore and celebrate cultural diversity as well as our common humanity.
As of 2004, the site on Commencement Bay had been acquired and the design plans had been completed. Groundbreaking took place on August 19, 2005.