2003-01-04 / Community

Seeking Input on WTC Tribute Park Designs

Seeking Input on WTC Tribute Park Designs

Seeking Input on WTC Tribute Park Designs

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These designs have been selected as finalists for the Rockaway Tribute to those the Peninsula lost on September 11, 2001. These thirteen finalists were selected from a group of nearly fifty installation submissions received by The Rockaway Partnership (Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways) and were selected by the Design Committee - a panel of community members, which has been working on this process for more than a year.

The sculpture selected will be installed in the new "Tribute Park" planned for the site at Beach Channel Drive and B. 116 Street and is expected to be dedicated on September 11, 2003. The sculpture will be inscribed with the names of all Rockaway and Broad Channel residents who perished in the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Public comments are now being requested as part of the overall selection process. The final decision will be made on or before February 15th so the public is encouraged to respond without delay. All of these designs are currently on display at the Rockaway Artists Alliance gallery in Building T-6 in Ft. Tilden and can be viewed on Saturdays between 12 noon and 5 p.m. and on Sundays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. During the month of January, the designs will also be on display in the community on dates and places to be announced.

The Rockaway Partnership, the 501c3 organization of the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, has been raising money for its planned "Tribute Park" since September of 2001. The tribute installation fund raising efforts continue to date, i.e. pathway commemorative brick sales and Kevin Boyle's "Braving the Waves" and NYC Message Bear promotion. Thus far, more than $54,000.00 has been raised for this purpose. The fund raising goal is $75,000.00 which, together with a NYS Empire State Development Grant in the amount of $250,000, a USDA Forest Service Living Memorials Grant ("As we heal and move forward, we have a vision...") in the amount of $36,000, along with incredible donations of talent, time and professional services, will be used to construct the park. The awarding of the USDA Forest Service grant places the Rockaway tribute in the national registry of Living Memorial Projects (www.livingmemorialsproject.net).

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The construction of the "Tribute Park" has been since its inception, a uniquely collaborative effort between the Rockaway community, Rockaway Partnership (Chamber of Commerce), all our elected officials, the NYC Parks Department, Community Board #14 and many City, State and Federal governmental agencies including the New York State DEC. Construction of a new revetment (shoreline reconstruction) is scheduled to begin within a few weeks and visible progress will continue throughout the following months.

Please forward your comments, in writing, directly to the Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways, 253 Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park, New York 11694 or by e-mail to rockawaychamber@aol.com.

'Everlasting Memory'
'Heaven Over Rockaway'
'Rockaway 9-11 Tribute'
'Rockaway Peninsula Tribute'
'Rockaway Tribute'
'9-11 Memorial'
'Sept. 11 Memorial for Rockaway'

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