Kerrick Community Constructs Memorial Playground Remembering Gracelynn

Taylor Holt
September 30, 2017 11:46 PM

One local community is turning their pain into purpose. The community of Kerrick is doing that through the construction of a memorial playground with one little girl, Gracelynn, at the center of their cause.

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"It's all (for) Grace," said Paul Stadin, Gracelynn's father.

Back in 2015, 8-year-old Gracelynn Rae Stadin lost her life in a serious car accident, but loved ones made sure that tragic loss wouldn't be in vain.

"We all miss grace a whole lot," said Wayne Stadin, Gracelynn's uncle. "She was a good, spirited girl, full of love,"

"This (constructing the playground) was our main motivation to remember her (Gracelynn) and do something beautiful and fun and happy just like she was," said Colette Stadin, Gracelynn's mother.

Saturday that vision came to fruition. Nearly 50 volunteers, family and friends came out to help build the playground.

"We have an amazing community and we just put up such a beautiful beautiful playground," said Colette Stadin, Gracelynn's mother.

"We built it all in one day," said Wayne.

Everything from the shadow play panels to the design and color of the playground was built with Grace in mind.

"She loved the monkey bars. Every piece of equipment we have in there she would have loved," said Colette.

Loved ones like Grace's best friend says it was the perfect way to remember her, and the impact she's had on the community.

"We liked to do make-up and nails and play outside. She had a mini trampoline we went on in her house," said Xuan Dipman, Grace's best friend.

"She inspires a lot of people so it kind of felt like we were giving back what she couldn't," said Maddy Stadin, Gracelynn's cousin.

Thanks to fundraising efforts, $70 thousand worth of equipment now stands on these grounds in Kerrick.

"We just want families to come and and have a nice time together," said Colette. "It's a place where you should be yourself."

The hope is that maybe people can take a little part of Grace with you.

"She's our little amazing Grace," said Colette.

Minnesota Wisconsin Playground helped in the building efforts. After the wood chips are added, it will be up and running. People can follow the progress through the Gracelynn Rae Stadin Memorial Playground Facebook page.


Taylor Holt

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