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Filming at the Park
Scott Elliot, is a documentary filmmaker making a film entitled The Trees which helps tell the story of the WTC memorial grove. In his research, he came across the work of US Forest Service research social scientists, Erika S. Svendsen, Ph. D. and Lindsay K. Campbell, Ph. D. and their work on the Living Memorials Project. He decided to expand his project to help tell the story of the many hundreds of memorials across the country that came before the WTC grove. On July 1, 2014 he visited Tribute Park with his crew and the social scientists to film and to interview the President of the Tribute Park board, Bernie Warnock.
For more information, visit:
www.livingmemorialsproject.net www.thetreesfilm.com

Bernie Warnock, President, Friends of Tribute Park Inc.

Erika S. Svendsen, Ph. D.
Research Social Scientist, U. S. D. A. Forest Service
Lindsay K. Campbell, Ph. D.
Research Social Scientist, U. S. D. A. Forest Service

Scott Elliott, Filmmaker,

Mark Evans, Sound Technician

Brad Rego, Cameraman
photo credit: Richard E. Santaga
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Students' Reflections on Tribute Park
Waterside School for Leadership 
MS 318, Rockaway, NY
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Cleaning & Planting
by Laura Deckelman, May 2014
Cleaning & Planning
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Four Parks Department officials discussing future capital improvements with Dan Mundy, Vice President of Friends of Tribute Park, Inc. at the park.
L–R: Jonel Vukan, Asst. Director Queens Requirements Contracts; Luann Gallagher, Senior Propagation Supervisor, Queens Horticulture; Joelle Byrer, Team Leader for Queens Capital Projects, and Jill Weber, Rockaway Administrator.
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Spring 2014
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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


The park was created to serve as a tribute, not a memorial, to those Rockaway residents who died in the September 11 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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since April 11, 2011

Friends of Tribute Park, Inc.
P.O. Box 940214
Rockaway, N Y 11694


Revised & Published On: - 7/3/14
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