A look at the Sept 11 Memorial Plaza

September 12, 2011 - 3:20 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A look at the Sept 11 Memorial Plaza, which opens to the public on Monday:

DESIGN: The 9/11 Memorial is located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex and occupies approximately half of the 16-acre site. It features two waterfalls and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within the footprints of the original twin towers and surrounded by more than 400 swamp white oak trees.

NAMES: The 2,983 names of the men, women, and children killed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 and Feb. 26, 1993 (the World Trade Center parking garage bombing that killed six people) are inscribed into bronze parapets surrounding the twin Memorial pools.

ARCHITECTS: Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.

ADMISSION: Public admission is free but requires reserving a ticket.

ONLINE: www.911memorial.org