WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — It’s been nearly 14 years since 100 people tragically lost their lives in a fire at the Station nightclub in West Warwick. Now, a plan to build a permanent memorial in their honor is starting to come to fruition.
For years, the Cowesett Avenue lot was adorned with pictures, flowers, and homemade crosses.
Once construction is complete, the memorial park will feature granite monuments engraved with the names of each victim, along with memorial gardens, a commemorative walkway, and a gathering courtyard.
Last month, the Station Memorial Foundation announced it reached its $2 million fundraising goal to build the memorial.
“It’s happening. It’s really happening,” said Jody King, whose brother Tracy was killed in the fire. “I’m so psyched.”
King said it’s important to have a place where families can go to remember the victims, especially on the anniversary of the fire.
“I hope they can come here and sort of relax and finally take a breath and see the beauty in what was so bad,” he added.
Even though the foundation reached its fundraising goal, King said additional funds will be needed to keep the park beautiful.
The foundation planned to hold an official dedication last month, but the event was postponed due to construction delays. The group now hopes to hold the dedication in March or April of next year.