Permanent WTC Memorial to Open on Tenth Anniversary of Attacks

Date set for permanent WTC memorial opening

Date set for permanent WTC memorial opening

From Crain’s New York

Date set for permanent WTC memorial opening

Published: January 29, 2009 – 2:20 pm

(AP) – The head of the agency that owns the World Trade Center site says the Sept. 11 memorial will open on the 10th anniversary of the attacks — and will remain open.

But that doesn’t mean the memorial will be completed by then.

Executive Director Chris Ward says the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey is still determining exactly how much public access will be allowed while the construction continues. Two reflecting pools over the twin towers’ footprints will be in place and the victims’ names are slated to be engraved by the 10th anniversary.

Mr. Ward had previously intimated that the memorial would open temporarily for the anniversary and then close for about a year.

Construction on the memorial began in 2006.

Mr. Ward spoke at a state Assembly committee hearing on Thursday.