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Security features to be built into Sandy Hook memorial design

There will be some security features built into the planned Sandy Hook memorial.  SWA Group designer Ben Waldo presented information to Newtown officials earlier this fall about the selected plan.  He suggests an anti-climb and anti-cut fence surrounding most of the perimeter.  It can disappear into the woods or covered with vines where necessary.  He says this will help to prevent vandalism at the site. 

Closer to the main site gate, they are looking at an aesthetically pleasing vertical steel picket fence, which would still be secure.  While the site will not be open after dusk, they have proposed path lights, with fixtures selected for their simplicity that will blend into the landscape. 

The property abuts Treadwell Park and is not far from the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department, just past Dickenson Drive. The 5-acre site includes some natural elements, including two ponds. 

The main feature of the design includes a pool of water, with a sycamore tree at its center.  The stone edge of the pool will include the names of the 26 children and educators killed on 12-14.  The firm incorporated the sacred soil from the demolished school and tributes left at the site into the design feature.  There are accessible ramps throughout the design, including one that crosses over a bridge to a divergence of paths which is characterized by a broad stone bench with a wooden top.