Funds needed to build Sandy Ground

Milford and Stratford firefighters held a fund-raiser this past weekend to benefit the Sandy Ground project, an endeavor to build 26 playgrounds throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings.

Several playgrounds have already been completed locally, including the most recent builds in Stratford, to honor Victoria Soto, and in Ansonia, to honor Catherine Hubbard.

Milford is on tap to receive a playground in the coming year. Recreation officials said one of the 26 playgrounds will be built at The Academy on Gulf Street.

According to the Sandy Ground Project website, (, the concept has been “inspired by senseless violence in Newtown, Connecticut and in an effort to restore the storm ravaged east coast after Hurricane Sandy. We hope to create 26 living memorials to all children who have been victims of violence while creating safe, fun places for children to be children.”

It is expected the 26 playgrounds will cost about $2 million, total.  Most of the funding so far has been collected in the form of donations and/or fundraising events.

For more information about donating to the cause, call the Milford Fire Department at 203-874-6321 or the Stratford Fire Department at 203-385-4070.