McCarver Elementary School students will celebrate two new playgrounds, and their power, on Play in Peace Day Friday.
After McCarver student Zina Linnik, 12, was kidnapped July 4, 2007, and murdered, her friends wanted a way to make her Hilltop neighborhood nicer and safer in her memory.
McCarver, Greater Metro Parks Foundation, University of Washington Tacoma and University of Puget Sound and voters who approved a park bond in 2005 made that possible.
The elementary school students worked with the college students and park designers and came up with ideas for a park and garden near McCarver that reflected Zina’s Ukrainian heritage and her love of reading and tetherball.
The young students held fund-raisers, lobbied grownups, and have Zina’s Playground at McCarver Park, and a new sprayground at Wright Park to show for it.
Friday, the McCarver kids will head to Wright Park at 10:45 to test the upgraded playground and have lunch. Formal festivities will begin at noon. The students will be among the 1,000 people expected to join a peace march from Wright Park to MCarver Park at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join the march and celebrate the students’ achievements.