This article, originally published on Oct. 13, 2022, has been updated with the most recent information issued on Nov. 4, 2022.
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November 4, 2022 -- The temporary memorial at the Rose Garden will open on November 11, 2022. The temporary memorial will include individual plaques remembering the seven victims who were killed, designed with input from each family's designated contact. The City has installed an ADA-accessible walkway to facilitate access from the sidewalk to the Garden, and benches have been placed near the planting bed where the plaques will be placed. The City gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Guy Scopelliti Landscaping, which donated the pots and flowers that were planted and installed last week.
Plaques remembering the victims in English and Spanish will be installed at St. Johns and Central. The plaques will include information about the temporary memorial at the Rose Garden.
On Friday, November 11, the City will have flowers available at the Rose Garden and at the intersection of St. Johns and Central beginning at 8 AM with an invitation to community members to lay them at the Rose Garden as part of personal reflection and remembrance. No formal ceremony is planned. Counselors will be available from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM; the City is grateful to Family Services of Lake County, Moraine Township, and the Highwood Public Library and Community Center for joining the City's social services team in providing counseling services. SOUL Harbour Ranch will also be on-site with trained therapy animals (horses and dogs) from 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM.
The City greatly appreciates the partnership of the Park District of Highland Park in creating this space for remembrance and reflection at the Rose Garden. The City will continue to issue reminders via eNews, social media, and cityhpil.com so that community members will be aware of specific timing once the Rose Garden is prepared and memorial items at St. Johns and Central are scheduled to be removed to the care of the Highland Park Public Library.