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Sean Collier Memorial Playground Eyed For Silver Lake

Jun 21, 2015 05:26AM ● By Robert Hayes

MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.

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WilILMINGTON -- A playground honoring Wilmington fallen hero Sean Collier could soon be coming to Silver Lake thanks to the Where Angels Play Foundation.

The Where Angels Play Foundation is an organization that builds playgrounds to "honor heroes and ensure their memories live on."  After constructing playgrounds for all 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Shootings, the Foundation has now turned its attention to those who lost their lives in the Boston Marathon Terrorist Attack.

The Foundation was originally going to build a playground for Sean Collier in Somerville, but at the Collier's family urging, decided to work with the Town of Wilmington to bring the memorial to Sean's hometown.

"Town officials met with representatives from the Where Angels Play Foundation on Thursday, May 14th," Wilmington Assistant Town Manager Kendra Amaral told Wilmington Apple.  "The meeting focused on learning more about the Foundation and their interest to build a playground that honors Officer Collier."

The playground's design and the project's timeline, plus site options and the opportunities and challenges associated with each, were covered during the meeting, according to Amaral, who - at the time - could not reveal any details.

"Everyone involved agreed that if a playground is built in Wilmington, it must meet the criteria of the Town, the desires of the family, and the mission of the Foundation," said Amaral.  "The Town Manager will be keeping the Board of Selectmen appraised of the discussions as they progress."

And it appears the Selectmen will be receiving a big update this Monday.

According to the draft agenda of the June 22 Selectmen Meeting, the board will be hearing a proposal from Bill Lavin, founder of the Where Angels Play Foundation, to construct a play area at Silver Lake in honor of Sean Collier.

Check back with Wilmington Apple on Tuesday morning for more information about the playground and the Selectmen's reaction to the proposal.

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