New plan for 35W Remembrance Garden unveiled

A new plan for a memorial to the Aug. 1, 2007 collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis and Remembrance Garden was unveiled by Mayor R.T. Rybak on Sept. 9. The new plans call for the site to be located between West River Parkway and the Mississippi River bluff on land owned by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, pending approval by the Board.

The memorial design retains many of the features of the memorial first designed for Gold Medal Park but is linear in nature and will include a water wall to complement the new context and design. The names of the victims, the survivors and those who acted with heroism are now included and will be engraved in the new configuration.

The memorial is being designed by Minneapolis architect Tom Oslund, principal of Oslund and Associates. The Remembrance Garden is expected to be ready by August 1, 2001, the fourth anniversary of the bridge collapse.

Published Sep. 10, 2010