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First ‘Sandy Ground’ Memorial Playground Built in Sea Bright [PHOTOS]

The horrific school massacre in Newtown, CT at Sandy Hook Elementary and the super storm that ravaged the Jersey Shore and coastal sections of New York share a name. The New Jersey Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association (FMBA) have found an amazing way to tie the two together to remember and rebuild.

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26 sand pails on Sea Bright Public Beach in memory of the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT (photo: Scott Zabelski / Facebook)

They’re called ‘Sandy Grounds,” and according to their website:

We endeavor to create 26 living memorials to all children who have been victims of violence while creating safe, fun places for children to be children. May these playgrounds provide a symbol of hope, recovery and a return to normalcy. A gift to our youth in an effort to enhance and sustain their precious childhood.

The first Sandy Ground was built this weekend by dozens of volunteers.

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The beginning stages of the build at Sea Bright Public Beach (photo: Scott Zabelski / Facebook)
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Layout for the build. (Photo: Jim Stelman / Facebook)
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Sandy Ground coming together! (Photo: The Sandy Ground Facebook)
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The very first Sandy Ground at Sea Bright Public Beach (photo: Scott Zabelski / Facebook)
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The dedicated volunteers of the Sandy Ground Project (photo: The Sandy Ground Facebook)

More playgrounds are being planned at:

  • Scholer Park, Union Beach, NJ – In Memory Of: Jack Pinto
  • Father Capadanno Blvd, Midland Beach, Staten Island, NY – In Memory Of: Catherine Hubbard
  • Westport, CT – In Memory Of: Dylan Hockley
  • Normandy Beach, NJ – In Memory Of: Chase Kowalski
  • Rockaway, NY – In Memory Of: Noah Pozner
  • Ocean City, NJ – In Memory Of:  Benjamin Wheeler
  • Stratford, CT – In Memory Of:  Victoria Soto
  • Mystic Seaport, CT – In Memory Of:  Dawn Hochsprung

To make a donation, or find out more about The Sandy Ground, visit their website.

 

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