Gathering To Support Park In Memory Of Newtown Victim

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sandy-hook-parkGround will be broken in Norwalk next month for a playground in honor of a Sandy Hook victim.

It’s part of the Sandy Ground Project, which aims to build 26 playgrounds in honor of the 26 lives lost.

Dozens gathered in Norwalk Saturday evening at O’Neill’s Irish Pub to raise funds for Allison Wyatt’s playground.

“The idea of providing a playground in her memory I think is a wonderful idea and it’s great for the community,” said Susan Zecca of the Norwalk Police Department.

Allison Wyatt was a first grade student at Sandy Hook Elementary. Her family chose to have the playground at Oyster Shell Park in Nowalk. They chose that area because Allison’s mother works at the hospital nearby that overlooks the park.

“It’s a great spot because the parks department and the city are behind us 100 percent,” said Jim Hines of the Norwalk Fire Department.

The fundraiser was put on by both Norwalk and Westport fire departments.

Allison Wyatt’s family was not able to attend, but one person close to the tragedy at Sandy Hook came to show support: Carlos Soto, whose daughter Victoria Soto was a teacher who died trying to save her students. Allison was was in her first grade class.

“It gave me better pleasure to be here knowing that my daughter taught her and I’m very happy
to have the honor to be here,” said Soto.

They all say it’s about turning something bad into something good, and that’s just what Allison’s playground will do.

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