Lisa Cameron of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission designed the World Trade Center Memorial Cove in DeKorte Park and also created this brief slide show about the memorial. (Click on the slide show to start; click “pause” if it moves along too quickly for you.)
The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission rededicated its World Trade Center Memorial Cove on Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Lyndhurst. The memorial site, located in DeKorte Park, provides a clear view of the lower Manhattan skyline, including the new One World Trade Center.
The World Trade Center Memorial Cove sustained significant damage from Superstorm Sandy and has been reconstructed. It was recently reopened to the public.
The Memorial Cove consists of a free-form wooden deck with two projecting piers, suggesting shadows of the fallen towers. The piers are proportioned after the World Trade Center, and each one has 110 boards representing the 110 floors of the towers.
The memorial also includes a steel silhouette of the towers and a spot from which visitors can view where the towers stood against the Manhattan skyline. The NJMC’s 9/11 Memorial was originally dedicated in March 2003.
Flooding from Superstorm Sandy ripped the deck and projecting piers from their supporting pilings, requiring the entire deck to be rebuilt. The dedication plaque and serpentine benches were salvaged and reinstalled.
Plantings at the site have been redesigned, using mostly native species, to add color and to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
The quote on the plaque is from the 19th century American orator Robert Ingersoll. It reads: “In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing.”
Roughly two dozen folks were on hand at DeKorte Park a year ago to see the twin beams of light that marked the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Most were there with cameras, others were there just to reflect.
DeKorte Park’s William K. McDowell Observatory will also be open tonight for free public viewing.