You may remember the tragic story of Amy Lord, a Wilbraham woman who was carjacked from her home and then murdered in July of 2013.
One local community found a way to keep her memory alive.
Friends and family came out to Spec Pond Recreation Center in Wilbraham for the dedication of Amy Lord’s Sparkle Park. Even the youth football league coaches and players were all wearing the color pink to show their support
"Amy her favorite color was pink and we just wanted to show our support for her" said Jaiden Kertenis.
Kertenis sang the national anthem at the start of today’s youth football game in honor of Amy Lord, and like her hundreds of Friends and family of Lord were dressed in pink to keep her spirit alive.
It was opening weekend for the suburban amateur football league and Chairman Bill Scataloini said it was a great opportunity to honor Amy Lord
Amy had a saying “There’s no such thing as too much sparkle” and that’s exactly how she’s being remembered.
Amy’s Sparkle Park is the town and her family’s way of memorializing her bubbly charm and her love for children.
“After the tragedy of Amy Lord we felt that with her strong ties to Wilbraham and strong feelings of goodness of the town of Wilbraham. We thought that with the brand new spray park that we just built it would be a perfect opportunity for us to name it after her. We want the park to be a destination for happiness and fun and for remembrance of Amy" said Scataloini.
Wilbraham Parks and Recreation Director Bryan Lintz says it was friends of Lord that came to him wanting to name something after her in Spec Pond.
After some discussion, he said he couldn't think of a better way to keep her sparkly personality alive.
"Really the goal of it was just to have the family see the facility utilized and see the smiles on the kids’ faces" said Lintz
Lord’s family said, “Amy’s Sparkle Park truly represents everything Amy held so dear and all that she stood for- children, fun, laughter, family, friends, and that awesome small town feel. We can’t think of a better way to honor and remember her."
This is just phase one of the Amy Lord Sparkle Park.
The Wilbraham Parks and Recreation Department is working to raise another $10,000 to complete the rest of the project.
Copyright (2015) Western Mass News (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved