To commemorate the 267 Firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11/2001, Snug Harbor collaborated with landscape architects known for thoughtfully designing reflective spaces and gardens. The Healing Garden serves as a daily respite for members of Rescue 5, Staten Islanders, and visitors alike. In 2008, the Healing Garden won the Achievement Award for Natural Beauty at the 47th Annual Building Awards Program hosted by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.
After Superstorm Sandy tore through Staten Island without regret, community members expressed their concern and volunteers took action. Snug Harbor was touched by the number of volunteers that helped Snug Harbor return to a functional state. Fellow not-for-profit organization, New Yorkers for Parks planted daffodils in the Healing Garden as a part of The Daffodil Project even after the storm hit. The Daffodil Project was founded in 2001 to serve as a living memorial to 9/11/2001. The daffodils coupled with the design of the Healing Garden create a touching living memorial to those who lost their lives on that fateful day.