West Pierce Fire & Rescue received a piece of steel from the World Trade Center and it is currently on display in the front lobby of Station 31, located at 3631 Drexler Drive in University Place . The vision all along has been to create an appropriate space to properly display and honor this historic and meaningful artifact. A committee was formed with a broad cross-section of West Pierce employees and local architects, designers, artists and contractors to arrive at a design. A final concept has been developed and the cost estimate for this ambitious project is nearly $300,000. The committee has already secured several commitments for significant “in-kind” donations, ranging from architectural and landscape design to concrete construction. The employees of West Pierce will also play a key role, volunteering their time and talents toward the project’s completion.
Now we must begin to create a fundraising plan to make the 9/11 Reflection Park a reality, something we will all be proud of for decades to come. The committee has created a variety of opportunities for you to become involved, including direct cash donations, “in-kind” donations of materials and services, purchasing engraved pavers as a permanent part of the site and purchasing commemorative coins that commemorate the 9/11 Reflection Park. In the end, tax dollars won’t create the park, the generosity of our West Pierce employees and our citizens will accomplish that. We have a desire to truly honor this historic artifact while creating an appropriate space for reflection; a park that is truly a part of all of us. Raising the funds to create the 9/11 Reflection Park will allow us to see this vision come to life.