August 6, 2018 - 12:30 pm
Updated August 6, 2018 - 2:51 pm
Work began Monday on the installation of a permanent Remembrance Wall at the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden.
Crews began by removing photos and mementos from the current wall and dismantling the wall’s wooden pallets, which have begun to weather in the scorching Las Vegas heat.
The wooden wall was moved several feet and reconstructed on an adjacent grassy area, where crews then returned all of the memorabilia to its original arrangement.
The Healing Garden was originally intended as a show of support for victims of gun violence following the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. But it became a community gathering place in the aftermath of the Oct. 1 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival.
The new wall will be constructed in the temporary wall’s spot and have many of the same elements, said Jessica Anderson, community engagement director with Get Outdoors Nevada. Anderson was on site Monday to oversee the project’s first stage.
The wall will have natural textures including wood and a water feature, Anderson said.
“But, most importantly, it will still have a place for people to hang mementos, pictures and place pieces and artifacts for remembrance,” Anderson said.
For updates on the wall’s construction, Anderson encouraged people to follow updates on the garden’s Facebook page: facebook.com/LVHealingGarden.
For all our coverage on the Oct. 1 shooting, see our Las Vegas shooting page.