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9/11 Memorial at Spring Park#

About the Memorial

The 9/11 Memorial at Spring Park will offer residents and visitors a local destination to contemplate the magnitude of September 11, 2001, reflect on our collective loss, and honor firefighters and first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice on that dark day. This effort will ensure these values are shared with generations to come.

Symbolism and history serve as a backdrop for a priceless artifact, an I-beam from the World Trade Center, to create a living tribute. In 2015, a tremendous local effort was made to move the World Trade Center I-beam to Fort Collins. This artifact will be the centerpiece of the memorial, creating a space for visitors to reflect and remember the historic events of that day.

Funding and Construction Timeline

The 9/11 Memorial at Spring Park will come to fruition through the generosity of donors. The 9/11 Memorial at Spring Park campaign invites heartfelt gifts from individuals and community groups passionately connected to the NEVER FORGET promise; as well as recognition opportunities for corporate, foundation, and legacy giving.

Construction on the memorial is anticipated to begin later this year, with a grand opening planned for September 11, 2024.

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Memorial Design#

Working with a committee comprised of PFA employees, city stakeholders and community members, the 9/11 Memorial at Spring Park is designed to bring firefighters, emergency responders and the community together to reflect upon the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

The memorial will be a garden destination to be used by residents wishing to pay their respects, as well as park and trail users. As the centerpiece of the memorial, the 3,059-pound steel I-beam will be showcased. Surrounding the beam will be rectangular-shaped paving stones, honoring the firefighters who perished in the attacks.

A panel display will be located on the north side of the memorial, providing a place for visitors to learn about the 9/11 tragedy, the efforts and sacrifices made by first responders, and the journey of the steel beam from New York City to Fort Collins in October 2015.

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Memorial Illustrations#

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Illustrative rendering of 9/11 Memorial

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Illustrative rendering of 9/11 Memorial

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Illustrative rendering of 9/11 Memorial

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Illustrative rendering of 9/11 Memorial

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View photos from 2016 9/11 Memorial event.

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View photos from the groundbreaking event held on September 11, 2023.

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In the News#

Practically a generation has passed since the events of Sept. 11, 2001 shocked the world.

The city of Fort Collins and Poudre Fire Authority have launched a collaborative campaign to build a permanent reminder of the community’s response and connections to that tragic day.

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