Organizers of a memorial park commemorating the Station Nightclub fire have set an official opening date: Sunday, May 21st. The February 2003 blaze in West Warwick took the lives of 100 people, making it one of the deadliest nightclub fires in U.S. history.
Fire survivor Gina Russo has been spearheading the project. She says there’s still work left to do at the site before the spring opening.
“There’s still fundraising that we need to do,” said Russo. “I met, very briefly with our construction crew. And they’re very confident. They’re still working out there, even when we had all that snow dumped on us. And they just told me to pick a date, and I did.”
After working through legal and fundraising hurdles for more than a decade, Russo says she is elated.
“Oh you have no idea, wonderful,” said Russo. “Absolutely wonderful, for many reasons: to be able to give it to the families, to finally give them a place to go to, a beautiful place. And for myself personally, to sort of have my life back.”
Survivors, as well as family and friends of victims gathered for a ceremony commemorating the 14th anniversary of the fire earlier this week.