September 11, 2014 – 4:00pm
The groundbreaking ceremony for the City of Poughkeepsie’s new 9/11 Memorial park is set for 4pm, September 11, 2014 on the lawn next to City Hall facing the Poughkeepsie Journal building.
The Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie has secured two beams from the World Trade Center which will be installed in the park.
This park will eventually include an area to sit and reflect on the beams, surrounded by a bricked area with benches. Under the trees, on both sides of the beam installation, will be tables and benches where local workers and visitors can have lunch, congregate, and enjoy the bustle of downtown.
The City of Poughkeepsie as well as local businesses, including Healey Chevrolet, DCH Toyota, and Mid-Hudson Subaru have pledged time, talent, and resources to complete phase one of this project. Donations being collected by Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.
Two other local companies, Tinkelman Associates and Globe Industries, have designed the layout of the park and the beams’ construction.
“This is a wonderful community project to commemorate a very important part of our nation’s history. Many lives were lost that day and we are fortunate enough to be able to honor those heroes. I am delighted that the City of Poughkeepsie could be part of this and that the City’s residents and visitors will be able to take part in this memorial and enjoy the beautiful space to be created,” said Mayor John C. Tkazyik.
Should you have any questions, please contact Randy Ross of the Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie at 914-489-5189.