Langford’s plans to build a memorial children’s playground for Cst. Sarah Beckett, who died in the line of duty, are in their final steps with a predicted opening date this summer.
Cst. Sarah Beckett was killed while on patrol in April, 2016, when a drunk driver in a pick-up collided with her police cruiser. She is survived by her husband and two young children.
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The Sarah Beckett Memorial playground will be located next to the City Centre Park Stadium in Langford, and will be divided into two parts.
One area of the park will be designed for children aged 2 to 5 years old, and the other section will be for children aged 5 to 12 years old. The playground is expected to open on August 24th, 2019.
While plans for the park are in their late stages, more funding is needed before construction can begin. The West Shore Rotary club is currently fundraising for playground equipment and pursuing grants to help them obtain the $250,000 that is still required.
At the beginning of March, the club raised $20,000 in one charitable dinner event, Westshore Lobster Fest.
Here are the municipality’s photo renderings of the memorial playground: