KANSAS CITY, MO – The dedication for the Sam and Lindsey Porter Memorial Playground will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 7. Jackson County’s Parks and Recreation Department provided the land for the playground in Independence along the Little Blue Trace Trail on the south side of the Little Blue River (enter the playground area between O’Charley’s Restaurant and Cold Stone Creamery, both on East Jackson Drive).
Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will join Sam and Lindsey’s mother, Tina Porter, in participating in the dedication ceremony. Sanders’ ties to the Porter children tragedy dates back to his service as Jackson County Prosecutor when Sam and Lindsey were abducted in June of 2004.
Bruce Wilke, Landscape Architect for Jackson County Parks and Recreation, has acted as the project manager on behalf of the Parks Department, coordinating with general contractor Jim Kidwell Construction Corporation, Truman Heartland Community Foundation and Tina Porter.
Tina Porter has selected the Community Foundation to manage two funds. The first fund, Sam and Lindsey Porter Park Fund, is open to receive contributions for materials, labor, etc to build the park. The second fund is a memorial scholarship fund which she plans to use to support graduating seniors from William Chrisman High School with the first award being given in 2013, the year Lindsey would have graduated.
The 6,000-square foot playground is divided into two sections, one designed for children under 5 years old and the other for children 5 to 12. In addition to the playground equipment, the park features tables and benches. Trees will soon be planted.
The following businesses contributed their time and efforts to the project:
• Jim Kidwell Construction Corp General contractor and excavation• JK Concrete Construction, LLC Concrete Flatwork• Wilson Plumbing Storm sewer• Keith Scott and Company, Inc. Rock Wall• Artistic Design Landscaping• Riggs Recreation Equipment Playground equipment installation• Geiger Ready Mix Concrete supplier
Jackson Drive in Independence is located off Little Blue Parkway north of Interstate 70.