The Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission will be hosting the three Phase II designers today. The designers have 30 minutes to present to the commission followed by a 30 minute question and answer session. The designer sessions start at noon and go through 4pm. Public participation will follow the final presentation, starting around 4 o'clock.
One design features winding pathways with a Sycamore tree planted inside a fountain at the center. The names of the 26 educators and children killed on 12-14 would be engraved around the stone edge.
Another design includes 26 gardens and miniature fountains. A stone wall will include four separate dedications to the town, the first responders, the surviving school members as well as the country as a whole for support after the shooting.
The last design includes an open green space dubbed the Breathing Field, a Memorial Grove, a Reflection Pool as well as a Belonging Bench.
The designers are visiting the site this morning. Although none are local. the Commission says they all have local roots. Families were invited to the presentations, as well as the Boards of Selectmen and Finance, Legislative Council, Planning & Zoning, Parks & Recreation, Inland Wetlands, Conservation and the Police Commission. Newtown's Land Use director and deputy director, along with a representative of the Public Building & Site group, were also invited.
A special meeting, which will be held in executive session because of financial discussions, was scheduled for July 30th. A finalist will be selected at the August 9th meeting. The finalist will be asked to provide information about costs for construction drawings, total project cost estimates, and readiness or time constraints.