Construction begins on playground for Newtown girl

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Charlotte Bacon, one of the children lost in the Sandy Hook tragedy, is being remembered at the ground breaking of a very special playground.

Construction on playground #24 is officially underway in West Haven. It’s all part of the “Where Angel’s Play” Sandy Ground Project which pays tribute to the lives lost in Newtown.

“It means so much to be part of this.,” said Brian Hasselfelt, who came all the way from Toronto, Canada, to volunteer his time on today’s playground which honors the 6-year-old girl.

“It’s very hard to put into words how heartfelt and what it really means to be part of this,” Hasselfelt said.

Charlotte Bacon
Charlotte Bacon

The playground is located at Sea Bluff Beach. Originally the plan was to put it at Oak Street Beach, but some had a problem with that area.

“The location wasn’t right for some people,” West Haven Mayor Ed O’Brien said. “That area is controlled by the land trust in the City of West Haven and it bars development. They thought this was the beginning of devlopment.”

In the end, it all worked out. Charlotte’s playground is slated to be finished on Sunday. It’s designed to represent her young life.

“The overall theme is the color pink,” explained Bill Lavin, the founder of Where Angel’s Play. “She was addicted to the color pink, poodles, dogs. A lot of her artwork is going to be recreated in vinyl.”

Charlotte’s family and many others gathered in the rain Friday to take part in the ground breaking.

“This project celebrates who they were, celebrates Charlotte’s personality. It doesn’t represent the day or event but her life.”

The final playground will be dedicated in september in Watertown. That one will be in memory of Sandy Hook Elementary School Prinicipal Dawn Hochsprung.

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