Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission Chooses Design To Honor Victims

Aug 10, 2018

A commission in Newtown, Connecticut has chosen a design for a permanent memorial to honor the 26 people killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

The design is called “The Clearing.” It features a coiling wooded walkway leading to a Sycamore tree planted in the middle of a small man-made reflecting pool. It was designed by landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm SWA Group.

The design was picked from almost 200 submitted and received overwhelming approval from the victims' families. The Permanent Memorial Commission will present the designs  to the town's board of selectmen in September.

A spokesperson for the commission said plans are for the memorial to be dedicated on Dec. 14, 2019, the seventh anniversary of the shooting. 

Editor's note: This post has been updated to reflect that the designers of the winning memorial proposal come from SWA Group, a landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm. The company has a studio in San Francisco but is not based there.

This report comes from the New England News Collaborative, eight public media companies including Rhode Island Public Radio joining together to tell stories of a changing region, with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.