Park Board approves site for I-35W bridge collapse memorial

On Wednesday, Nov. 3, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board approved West River Parkway as the site for the Remembrance Garden – a memorial to the Aug. 1, 2007 collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis. The site is directly across from Gold Medal Park, which became a gathering place and de facto memorial site in the days and weeks immediately following the bridge collapse, and where the memorial was originally proposed to be sited.

The design for the Remembrance Garden, unveiled in September, retains many of the features of the memorial first designed for Gold Medal Park, but differs from it in a number of ways: it is now linear in nature, rather than a circle within a square; the water feature has changed from a circular granite table to a linear water wall to complement the new context and design; and names of survivors and those who acted with heroism are now included, engraved on the face of the water feature. Oslund and Associates of Minneapolis designed the Remembrance Garden.

Mayor Rybak committed to building the Remembrance Garden within budget and including an endowment for ongoing maintenance, and to completing it in time for a formal dedication on August 1, 2011, the anniversary of the bridge collapse.

Below are some of the Remembrance Garden’s design features of interest.

Published Nov 4, 2010