Work begins on playground named for Newtown victim

Mystic

MYSTIC, Conn. (AP) — Volunteers in Mystic have begun work on another playground named for a victim of the Newtown school shooting.

A crew poured a foundation Saturday for the playground being built at Williams Beach in honor of Grace McDonnell, one of 20 first-graders killed in the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Six educators also died.

The Day of New London reports that Grace’s parents, Lynn and Chris McDonnell, chose the site because Grace loved the beach, and because Chris McDonnell proposed to his future wife in Mystic.

The playground is one of 26 being built in the region under the “Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Grace’s playground is set for next Sunday at 11 a.m.

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