BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) – A Belchertown mom who’s been working for three years to build a playground in honor of her late daughter, Monday night took a big swing in the right direction.
Ground was broken for a unique playground in Belchertown. Vicky Martins-Auffrey has been working for three years to build a boundless playground in memory of her daughter, Jessica, who was wheelchair bound. Jessica died from a nervous system disorder in 2009, just months after graduating from Belchertown High School.
“The kids loved her. They would have actually fight over sign-up sheets, who got to push her, who got to sit next to her at lunch, who got to play with her at recess. She would be so happy that we are doing this in her name,” said Martins-Auffrey.
An empty field located at the Chestnut Hill Community School will soon begin to transform into the boundless playground. A place where children and adults of all abilities can have fun without barriers.
When Jessica’s Boundless playground is finished being built, it will not only be the largest, 100% accessible playground in western Massachusetts, but in all of New England. So far, organizers have raised 250-thousand dollars, but they need much more.
“I’m really proud of this community and specifically all the people who have worked so hard for the fundraising. I think this hits so near to my heart because I love anything that supports children with different needs,” said Kathleen Terry of Belchertown.