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COMMUNITY MEMORIAL SERVICE

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Tribute to Honor Victims, Offer Community a Place of Healing.

The City of El Paso is hosting a Community Memorial Service to reflect and remember the victims of the mass shooting and to offer a place of healing and support for the community.

TIME: 7 p.m. 
DATE: Wednesday, August 14, 2019
LOCATION: Southwest University Park

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The memorial service will be simulcast live at four satellite locations:

  • Convention Center at Santa Fe Street and San Antonio Avenue; 
  • Abraham Chavez Theater at Santa Fe Street and San Antonio Avenue
  • Cleveland Square Park, at Santa Fe Street and Franklin Avenue; and 
  • Ponder Park, at WH Burges Drive near site of the tragedy.

MEDIA CREDENTIALS: Members of the media MUST request media credentials by clicking on this link: https://epchihuahuas.wufoo.com/forms/k1coey3u0twg1or/

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE SERVICE

STREET CLOSURES
Several temporary street closures will begin at 5 p.m. near the memorial sites. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the street closures. Appropriate traffic control measures will be in place to guide the traveling public.

In Downtown

  • Santa Fe Street between Wyoming Avenue and San Antonio Avenue
  • Missouri Avenue between Durango Street and El Paso Street
  • W. Franklin Avenue between Santa Fe Street and El Paso Street 

At Ponder Park

  • Viscount Boulevard (one lane closed in each direction) from Sunmount to Bellrose Drive
  • WH Burges Drive from Ash Lane to Sun Mount Drive
  • Juniper Street from Edgemere Boulevard to WH Burges Drive
  • Catalpa Lane from WH Burges Drive to Viscount Boulevard

WHAT TIME WILL THE DOORS OPEN AT THE MEMORIAL GATHERING SITES?
Doors will open at 6 p.m. at Southwest University Park and the Convention Center. The public should arrive no more than one hour prior to doors opening.

DO I NEED A TICKET TO ATTEND?
No. The event is free and open to the public.

WILL THE SERVICE BE AIRED ON FACEBOOK LIVE?
Yes, the service will be aired on the live on the City’s Facebook page

WILL FREE PARKING BE AVAILABLE?
Yes. Parking will be free at all metered parking spaces and at various parking garages located in Uptown and Downtown. View Map »

The following parking garages will offer free parking:

  •  Glory Road Transit Terminal
  •  Convention Center Parking Garage Union Plaza Transit Terminal
  • Mills Building Garage
  • 122 Kansas Parking Garage
  • Wells Fargo Parking Garage
  • Surface lot at 401 Mesa (across from San Jacinto Plaza)
  • Surface lot at 415 Mesa (behind Stewart Title)

At Ponder Park, the public may park for free at:

  • On-street parking spaces
  • Nearby GECU parking lot.

WILL FREE RIDES BE AVAILABLE TO THE MEMORIAL?
Yes. Free rides will be provided through the El Paso Streetcar to the downtown sites.

WILL THE MEMORIAL SITES OFFER ADA ACCOMMODATIONS?
Yes. All four locations offer ADA accessibility.

WILL THE MEMORIAL SITES OFFER RESTROOM ACCOMMODATIONS?
Yes. Southwest University Park, the Abraham Chavez Theater, and the Convention Center will offer restroom accommodations. Off-site restrooms will also be available to the public downtown at the Museum of History and the Main Library. Ponder Park attendees may utilize facilitates at Sun Metro’s Eastside Transit Terminal, located at 1165 Sunmount Drive.

WILL SECURITY BE PROVIDED?
Yes. The security and well-being of participants is a priority. Each site will be staffed with security.

WHAT CAN I BRING TO THE MEMORIAL SITES IN DOWNTOWN?
Acceptable items at Southwest University Park and the Convention Center include: cell phones and hand bags (all subject to search). Prohibited items include: alcohol, weapons, non-service animals, banners and signs, glass containers. Additional guidelines for Southwest University Park can be found here, www.milb.com/el-paso/ballpark/ballpark-guidelines.

WHAT CAN I BRING TO THE MEMORIAL SITE AT PONDER PARK?
Acceptable items at Ponder Park include: cell phones, lawn chairs, banners and signs, and hand bags (all subject to search). Prohibited items include: alcohol, weapons, and glass containers.

CAN I TAKE FOOD AND WATER?
Free water will be provided at all locations. Outside food and drinks will NOT be allowed in at Southwest University Park and at the Convention Center. Outside food and non-alcoholic drinks in non-glass containers are permitted at Ponder Park.

ARE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE MEMORIAL SERVICE?
No. Volunteer positions are not available. The City is partnering with various organizations to staff the event to make it a success.

I AM A MEMBER OF THE MEDIA, HOW CAN I GET PRESS CREDENTIALS?
Members of the media MUST request media credentials by clicking on this link: https://epchihuahuas.wufoo.com/forms/k1coey3u0twg1or/.