Pulse Interim Memorial Opens This Week - Park Like Setting Will Welcome Visitors

Visitors to the Pulse site who wish to pay their respects are no longer forced to stand in cruddy parking lot with bare minimal lighting. The interim memorial is here. 

By Mark Baratelli
Phase 1 of the onePULSE Foundation memorial and museum construction project at 1912 S Orange Ave is complete and will open to the public May 8th at 3pm.

Phase 1 is an interim memorial. Once opened, it will provide a park like setting for visitors, survivors and their families to gather. The interim memorial is the first step towards the non-profit achieving its goal of the space becoming a place of rememberance, reflection and call to action. 

A small rolling pasteur of green faux grass encircles the property, with leafy green non-Florida trees giving the exterior space a bit of a roof-like closed-in space. These green spaces are gathering spaces for reflection. Guests can sit or stand in these areas.

The building and iconic sign remains as-is. A wavy photo wall winds its way around the building. Openings in the wall reveal a black plaque listing the names of the 49 who were lost during the massacre.

A shorter see-thru metal wall gives visual separation from the park seating. It appears that the designer wants guests to visit the wall first, then sit or gather in the grass.

OnePulse Foundation has announced that a private, invite-only dedication for the Interim Pulse Memorial will take place from 10-11 a.m. and a public opening at 3 p.m. on May 8.