Final plans for Jan. 8 memorial revealed

Final plans for Jan. 8 memorial revealed

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Just one week after the fifth anniversary of the Jan 8. shooting, the final plan for its memorial has been released.

Tucson's January 8th Memorial Foundation and architects involved in the project released artist renderings of the plan on Friday.

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"We were all touched by it," said Billie Kozolchyk, who attended the unveiling ceremony.

The memorial will be located in El Presidio Park on Alameda Street.

The design process has been months in the making, and has included public input meetings as well as suggestions from the families of victims and survivors.

Designers said one of the most unique features will be the images etched in the memorial walls that reflect the lives of the victims, survivors and even first responders.

While the park will help the community heal, there are also other features for everyone to enjoy.

The architect said this memorial will have many dimensions including an everyday park, cultural park, civic park and historic park.

There will be an amphitheater, a sculpture garden and water play area for children.

Most importantly, it will be an area for the community to come together and remember.

"Even though it is a...hopefully very busy place with people coming and going, there is going to be some solitude where you can go in and reflect on what happened that day and how traumatic it was to our history," said Ken Doruskha, a Jan. 8 survivor.

Doruskha said they are expecting large crowds to come out to see the memorial.

"Visit Tucson reports to us that people asking us when is the memorial going to be ready, is there going to be a memorial, when can we come and see it. There has been a crying out of support for memorials like this," he said.

Construction for this new memorial is expected to start by the end of the year if they get enough funds.

The foundation also kicked off their public fundraising campaign on Friday.

They have a private donor willing to match up to $50,000 in the first 90 days.

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