9/11 memorial design unveiled

Above and below right show an artist’s rendering of the proposed memorial. - courtesy graphic
Above and below right show an artist’s rendering of the proposed memorial.
— image credit: courtesy graphic

Designs for the 9/11 memorial at Evergreen Rotary Park should include local stories from Kitsap residents, the Bremerton Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners said at a meeting Tuesday.

The original design for the memorial centers around two steel beams picked from the wreckage of the World Trade Center. Surrounding walls will depict stories of victims, survivors, friends and family. These written stories are what Wyn Birkenthal, director of Parks and Recreation, said should include local angles, giving examples of the experiences of Kitsap residents, members of the Navy, or those working with the state ferry system.

Some on the 9/11 Memorial Committee are not opposed to adding a local take to the memorial.

“I think that can be incorporated. I think it’s worthy of that,” Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue Chief Roy Lusk said Wednesday.

The board made a motion at Tuesday’s meeting to recommend the Bremerton City Council to work with city staff to change the design concept, Birkenthal said. In addition to including Kitsap-related Sept. 11 stories on the walls, the board asked for more open green space and steps to ensure the memorial won’t be used as a ramp by skateboarders.

Lusk and Birkenthal did not know exactly when the final design would be presented to the City Council for approval.

“We don’t know what that timetable will look like. It may take time to develop and find those local stories,” Birkenthal said.

The memorial design, created by Rice Fergus Miller, also pays tribute to the Pentagon, Ground Zero and the crater left in Pennsylvania by United Airlines Flight 93.

While refinements begin to be made to the design, the 9/11 Memorial Committee continues to raise money for the construction of the memorial. A little more than $80,000 had been raised as of Wednesday and Lusk anticipates the memorial to cost $1 to $2 million. The city of Bremerton will not be responsible for maintaining the memorial and Lusk said the committee is discussing with local landscaping firms who may take on the maintenance task for a 10-year span.

The memorial will be located in the area of Evergreen Rotary Park referred to as the former Chevron property. All former structures on the property have been removed with the exception of a small sewer pump station and a tall overhead power distribution tower, which are expensive to relocate and are expected to remain as they are.

The City Council approved Evergreen as the location for the memorial in October 2010 after the Port of Silverdale Board of Commissioners rejected the placement of it at Silverdale Waterfront Park in April 2010.

The committee plans to hold a ground breaking ceremony on site Sept. 11, 2011.


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