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9/11 Memorial Set for Napa

Four steel beams salvaged from the wreckage of the World Trade Center will be the centerpiece of a 9/11 memorial park to be built in Napa, Calif.
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The Napa (Calif.) City Council has approved a Sept. 11, 2001 memorial park in downtown, a project underway through a public-private partnership. Steel pieces of the New York City’s twin towers arrived in Napa on Wednesday after Biagi Bros, a Napa-based trucking company, made a 6,600-mile trip to pick up the 30-ton load.

The city, acting as the lead agency, is teaming with a coalition of architects, engineers, contractors and others to design the memorial and a surrounding garden. The coalition is launching a three-pronged fundraising effort to cover the more than quarter-million dollar cost with both cash and in-kind donations of services and materials.

Originally, the coalition hoped to open the park this Sept. 11, the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans.

But because a flood control contractor is working on Napa Creek, project backers are now planning a groundbreaking ceremony for Sept. 11.

“I think it’s going to mean a lot for our community and our nation,” landscape architect Gretchen Stranzl McCann said.

Four 24-foot-tall steel pieces of the twin towers will stand on a piece of decomposed granite, serving as the park’s centerpiece. Two others girders will mark the entrance of the park.

The city acquired the steel sections from the Port Authority of New York-New Jersey, which is offering them to cities around the world for Sept. 11 memorials. The names of 9/11 victims will be carved into plates of heavy glass attached to the steel pillars. A round stone wall will encircle the garden and serve as seating, McCann said.

The park is projected to be complete in the spring of 2012.

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June 16, 2019, 10:36 pm PDT

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