Chamber Seeks Plans
By Howard Schwach
The Rockaway Partnership, a not-for-profit corporation of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce, is seeking an artist to create a memorial to those from Rockaway who were lost in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11.
According to a chamber spokesperson, the chamber has received approximately $75 thousand to build a waterfront recreation park on the triangle of land across from the Sunset Diner on Beach 116 Street.
"This project has been designed to transform a vacant and underutilized site into a beautifully landscaped and tranquil park," a chamber spokesperson said. "This has now been designated as the site for the Rockaway peninsula tribute to those we lost on September 11, 2001."
Any memorial proposed for the site must fit within a 10-foot by 10-foot area and must not be more than 12 feet high, according to the design specs put out by the Chamber. It must have room to place approximately 70 names – those who were lost in the attack.
The site will have access to electricity but not to water.
"Since the site is right on the bay, it is important that it be resistant to salt water and to high winds," the chamber spokesperson adds.
The work will be installed by the artist and then become the property of the Rockaway Partnership.
The Chamber hopes to be able to dedicate the park by the summer of 2003.
Deadlines for submissions is November 1.
A decision on the final plan for the memorial will be made by an independent panel chosen to represent the community.
Those interested in technical specifications or in further information should contact the Chamber of Commerce office at 634-1300.