Whatever Happened To Tribute Park?
The triangle of land on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 116 Street that is slated to one day become Tribute Park in memory of those Rockaway residents who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 was cleaned recently, but it is clear that it will not be ready once again for the third anniversary of the tragic event. While the park was scheduled to be ready for last year’s anniversary, several complications brought on by city and state rules have put a short hold on the project, though many of those who donated to the park by buying bricks and benches are beginning to lose faith in what has become a interminable project. Pictured, the firefighter’s helmet on one of the tributes to be in the park stands forlorn in the center of the site. It was recently moved from the northern part of the site due to a mandate by the city’s Arts Commission.