Station Fire Memorial Park Opens May 21

The site commemorates the 100 lives lost in the 2003 Station Nightclub fire.
Photo via the Station Fire Memorial Park Facebook.

From the rubble comes a place for families and strangers to grieve and reflect. On May 21, the Station Fire Memorial Park in West Warwick opens to the public.

The park occupies the Station Nightclub land, the site of one of the deadliest nightclub fires in United States history. One hundred men and women lost their lives in the 2003 fire, which was sparked by pyrotechnics used by the band, Great White.

The May 21 park opening is marked by a dedication ceremony hosted by WJAR’s Gene Valicenti. The event is free and open to the public, however attendees are encouraged to RSVP here. A shuttle is available from the nearby MetLife parking lot.

The dedication begins with music at 1 p.m., and Senator Jack Reed and Governor Gina Raimondo will speak about the project, which began in earnest with the acquisition of the property in 2012. The land was previously vacant, but for makeshift memorials left by victims’ families and friends.

The Station Fire Memorial Foundation raised $2 million in total for the park, which features a large archway and 100 granite amplifiers with victims’ names and photographs etched into stone. Station Fire Memorial Foundation members include Gina Russo, who survived the fire but lost her fiance, and then-Governor Donald Carcieri.

Station Fire Memorial Park, 211 Cowesett Ave., West Warwick. RSVP here

 

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