Community Marks 9/11 Anniversary at Redesigned Queens Park

To all our volunteers: thank you for all your efforts during the 2018 season! Your hard work every Tuesday morning helped to maintain our beautiful park. A special thanks to Al and Peggy of the DeMatteis Foundation.

Rockaway, New York

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Sponsored by Friends of Tribute Park
P.O. Box 940214
Rockaway, NY 11694

Scale of Tribute Park’s 9/11
Memorial Ceremony
To Be Reduced This Year
Since its opening in 2005, Tribute Park has held a special place in the hearts of Rockaway residents. It has been a beautiful setting to remember family, friends, and neighbors who went to work on September 11, 2011 and didn’t return home. Each year since we have held a ceremony honoring those lost that day.

The park will reopen this September 11th, after extensive repairs, by the New York City Parks Department, to damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. Our ceremony this year will have to be scaled back because of New York City guidelines for outdoor gatherings. We have reduced the number of participants to ensure social distancing, and are requiring everyone who comes to wear masks. We have also adjusted some of the usual parts of the service. For example, we will pre-position the roses on the compass mosaic, rather than have families and friends walk up and place them there, to reduce personal contact.

We ask for your understanding about the scaled-back nature of the ceremony this year. Over the years, large numbers of family members and friends have attended. We of course welcome family members, but are asking families to limit the number who attend. We will have the park open for the entire day to allow people who do not attend the ceremony to visit when it will be less crowded.

Please be assured that we plan to resume with a more extensive ceremony next year for the 20th anniversary, and all will be welcomed then.

Thank you all for the support you have given to Tribute Park over the years.

Submitted by:
Friends of Tribute Park
Evaluation for 9/11 Ceremony

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Reconstruction Progress

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Volunteers Needed

Please stop by any Tuesday
between 8:30 –10:00am
to help in the park

(weather permitting)
starting September 15th.

Any time you can give will be helpful to maintain the park.
Weeding, snipping, planting, sweeping and watering are a number of tasks for the volunteers.
Wear comfortable work/gardening clothes.
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In the days after the WTC attack on September 11, 2001, when it became clear that Rockaway was perhaps the hardest hit community in the city, a group of Rockaway activists sat down to plan a memorial for the locals who died in the attack.
Everybody agreed that the perfect site was a triangle on the bay at Beach 116 Street, an empty lot belonging to the city's Parks Department, from which many Rockaway residents watched the Twin Towers burn and then fall.
On November 6, 2005, after a lot of hard work, the park opened without its signature cupola
which was added five months later.

The Wave, September 2009

Mission Statement

The park was created to serve as a tribute, not a memorial, to those Rockaway residents who died in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center. The intention was to provide a place where community members can reflect on their lost loved ones and find comfort to move on with their lives.


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P.O. Box 940214
Rockaway, N Y 11694