Mission Statement and Goals
The ACA Memorial Park Fund was formed by members of the immediate families of those
who were killed on April 3, 2009. The goal of the Fund is to create and maintain
a memorial park in the downtown Binghamton area. We have built a greenspace
with a central monument to honor the people who lost their lives in the April 3, 2009 tragedy,
as well as those who survived, and the community that responded.
A plan was developed to secure property, establish funding, and construct this
memorial park. The Committee at the core of this planning has completed the process
of contacting and organizing civic and private organizations to put this plan into
action and the project is in its' final stage of completion.
Accomplishing the Goal
The basic steps of the plan were to finalize the site, establish funding for site
design, broadcast the design to the larger community to generate further support,
complete funding, break ground, complete the construction and finally, maintenance.
Siting – A site existed that is owned by the City of Binghamton.
The southeast corner of the intersection of Clinton and Front Streets was offered
by the City of Binghamton and was used as the site of the monument.
None of the participants in this project, including the City, desired a result that
cannot be maintained at the level of attention that the devastating aspects of the
tragedy demand. Therefore, we continue to engage with the community to develop long term resources to allow us to implement
the most important design constraint of a memorial: longevity.
Design – The architectural firm of BCK Architects and Engineers,
was engaged to prepare the site design. This process involved preparing drawings
and rendering of the design proposed by the families, in order to allow sponsors
to view the completed project, and choose aspects of the design that they would
like to fund. The Raymond Foundation provided some of the seed money to fund
this design and formally launch the park as a project.
Campaign – The design was completed and major pledges were
obtained, and a broader campaign to fund the entire park has been underway since 2010.
Hundreds of sponsors have donated time, money and materials to bring the project to life.
Many area employers, retailers, organizations and foundations
have become supporters of the project. The response has been
overwhelmingly positive! Our fundraising efforts have raised nearly $217,000!
Complete Funding – At this stage we have accomplished
our goal of underwriting the costs of the project and can finalize the construction
schedule. This goal was attained in March of 2012. Thanks to the entire community!
Bid Project – Bidding was completed in September of 2012.
Ground Breaking – The Committee completed raising 100% of the estimated project cost and
broke ground in October of 2012. Construction was completed in the Spring of 2013.
Maintenance – Ongoing maintenance of the park will include changing plantings in the garden, grounds-keeping and snow clearing.
Some of this important work will be done in partnership with area groups and organizations to reduce the burden on the City.
Donations to the Memorial Park Fund after construction is completed will be used exclusively to help
underwrite the maintenance costs of the park.
A grecian-style column sheared off (‘broken column’).
The granite column is extended by a cast glass column which will be
illuminated at night.
13 plaques with the names, nationalities and birthdates of each of the people killed,
arranged in a circle around the column on granite stands.
13 artisan-created figurative birds in flight, 15 feet above the pavement
Benches for strollers or people who wish to contemplate the memorial.
Garden to surround the column and stones.
The final design is intended to include features that evoke a feeling of renewal
combined with a deep respect of the loss that was suffered.
The vision of the families is to create an environment that is respectful, but not