The finest memorial we can build in memory of the Granite Mountain Hotshots is developing Yarnell into a thriving, economically sustainable community. The Yarnell Fire Memorial Park, located at the corner of Highway 89 and Shrine Road in Yarnell, is part of that vision. The site has been purchased with donations specified for the Memorial.
Visitors have been able to use the Park’s public restroom since May of this year; the design for the two-story facility was provided by faculty and staff of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and revised with community input over a four month period in 2015. The Yarnell Hill Fire Memorial Park offers a more accessible way for visitors and family members to pay tribute to the Hotshots. Future signage will enable visitors to learn about the 2013 Fire, the evacuation and recovery process, as well as firewise education. Construction on the park continues as funding – all by donations – allows. With community input, staff and students from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture developed three design possibilities for a memorial park. These were displayed and further resident input solicited over a four-month period in 2014. Adam Cosman, LLC, working in conjunction with the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, developed the next version of the Park design. The design continues to be modified as work progresses. The latest version of the design is shown above.
During October and November the base for the Memorial Sculpture was poured. Some of the seating for the amphitheater was created. The Sculpture was delivered by truck and a crane picked it up so it could be mounted on its base. Then a tarp was placed on the Sculpture to ready it for the unveiling on Saturday, November 16.
Residents, contributors, contractors, family members of the 20 and many others gathered for the unveiling. Denise Roggio sang Blazing Honor, Frances Lechner thanked the contributors and presented three bricks and the framed sample of the sculpture to Jack Rauh. Brendan McDonough, the surviving Hotshot, honored his firefighting brothers by helping to unveil the structure. Lew and Marcie Theokas read the names of the 19. The program was ended with an inspirational song.
It is our hope that this sculpture will help everyone to remember these men as the fun loving, wonderful people they were.
The Hotshot Pyramid, a memorial sculpture for the 20, was constructed by PMA, Industries, Inc. in Phoenix. E2 Innovations presented us with the inspirational message done in the same type of metal work that will be used in the construction of the Hotshot Pyramid. A photo of the message is shown above.
The Shuttle between Yarnell and the State Park has started up again. The Shuttle will run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The pick up location is across from the Memorial Park (22556 State Route 89). The shuttle picks up passengers at the top of the hour beginning at 8 am; the last pick-up at the Park is 4:30 pm.
Donations can be made for the park by clicking on DONATE. Bricks with messages can also be purchased by clicking on Brick Purchase.