Artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher collaborated with the community on the project in designing each of the 163 mosaic panels. The handmade tiles were made in the shape of animals, fish, and shells, and sponsored by local residents. This sponsorship is what enabled the vast majority of the project to be funded. Workshops were held in the community and anyone who came could participate in the making of the mosaic panels.
The opening ceremony was held on August 27th, 2005 with Lian dancers lining the streets. The project has a sister stairway located in Caltagirone, Italy, known as the Scala Steps, whose mayor actually came to the location for the opening. The gardens either side of the stairway were generously donated by Dr. Christopher Xavier and Alice Yee Xavier. A grant was successfully obtained in 2006 to develop the gardens on the north side of the stairway.
Volunteer Days are held during Earth Day weekend and in the Fall and anyone is welcome to come along and help out.