Medford to Build $1 Million Krystle Campbell Peace Garden Honoring Officer Sean Collier, Lu Lingzi, Martin Richard and All Victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings
On Friday, April 11 Mayor Michael McGlynn announced plans to build a $1 million peace garden in memory of Medford native Krystle Campbell. The peace garden will also honor the memory of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, BU student Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard and all the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings.
A pathway leading to the garden will be sprinkled with bronze plaques identifying many of the mile markers along the Marathon route from Hopkinton to Heartbreak Hill, to Cleveland Circle and other points that lead to the finish line, which is the Peace Garden. The Peace Garden will consist of a central seating area focused on four fountains, representing the four victims, surrounding a taller, fifth fountain which represents the world and honors all who were injured in the Bombings. Plaques representing the lives of Krystle, Sean, Martin and Lingzi will be laid out as the four points on a compass. The park will include additional seating, plantings, Krystle’s favorite flower, the Sunflower, lighting, fencing, a flag pole, walkways and pedestrian and bicycle connections to the Clippership Park. The theme of the park will be to inspire humanity, diversity and inclusion.
The estimated project cost for the project is approximately $1 million dollars. State and federal grants and pledged in-kind donations are expected to cover the cost.
For further information: Please contact Lisa in Mayor McGlynn’s at (781) 393-2409.
Mayor Michael McGlynn and Krystle Campbell’s father Bill (center).
Medford softball team catcher Julia Kearney spoke on behalf of the team, which is hosting a softball tournament on April 26th and 27th with the World Series trophy to raise money for Campbell’s scholarship fund.
The Lady Mustang softball team designed “Medford Strong” t-shirts last year.
Pam Shadley of Shadley Associates created a plan for the park.
Campbell Family Statement
The anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings has focused the community’s attention on the senseless pain that day caused so many. One year later, our entire family continues to grieve for the loss of our wonderful, smiling and vivacious daughter, Krystle Marie Campbell. There is not a day that passes without our thinking of our daughter, her life and how she contributed to the lives of our family and friends. We miss Krystle more than we can say.
Our entire family would like to say “thank you” to all the people who have shown their unending support for us during the most difficult of years. Friends and neighbors have been there for us over and over again. Complete strangers from around the world have reached out to us with incredible kindness. The outpouring of support from groups including the One Fund, the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Bruins, and the Harvard Business School community, as well as the greater Boston and Medford community, has helped our family through this extraordinarily difficult year. We have read every card and letter you have sent, and often yours are the words that carry us through the toughest days.
In addition, our family extends its thoughts to all of the other individuals and families who have been affected by the Marathon tragedy. We are amazed by your strength and perseverance.
We also would like to thank representatives of the news media for respecting our family’s request for privacy during this difficult time.
In Krystle’s memory, we established the Krystle Campbell Memorial Fund at The Boston Foundation in April 2013. Donations to the Fund will be directed in honor and remembrance of Krystle to charitable causes that are important to Krystle and our family, such as scholarships at Krystle’s alma mater Medford High School, MSPCA-Angell, and organizations devoted to helping children with autism.
On behalf of our family, Krystle’s close friends have organized and hosted a variety of events to promote donations to the Krystle Campbell Memorial Fund at The Boston Foundation. As part of these efforts, a team of 17 individuals – friends of Krystle and our family – will be running the 2014 Boston Marathon to honor Krystle and raise awareness of the Krystle Campbell Memorial Fund. The team will be wearing blue shirts, bearing the words “I run for Krystle.”
We extend our sincere thanks to so many individuals. We love Krystle very much and she is forever in our memory.
-Bill and Patty Campbell