PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After years of planning, the household of Dominick Andujar and The Belief for Public Land formally opened the North Camden park named in his honor Tuesday.
Dominick’s mom Debbie Burgos mentioned it’ll be a spot of consolation for her and his three sisters.
“If I’m going via a nasty day, I really feel like I can come right here, and sit right here and have the ability to get pleasure from a peace of thoughts,” she mentioned.
9 years in the past, the six-year-old was killed when he tried to stop a man from assaulting his 12-year-old sister. She survived the assault and was there to see Dominick Andujar Park turn into a actuality.
“He exhibited large braveness, which is able to by no means be forgotten,” mentioned Camden Mayor Vic Carstarphen. “His honor will dwell on on this park and his legacy will dwell on on this neighborhood.”
Carstarphen mentioned the town and neighborhood desperately wanted this vibrant house close to York and Level Streets. It features a basketball court docket, train tools and naturally, a playground.
It’s a bittersweet feeling for Burgos figuring out her son would have beloved it if he was alive as we speak.
“He was a child, six years previous, had his entire life taken away from him,” she mentioned. “However different children are going to have the ability to get pleasure from and make his identify memorable.”
That is the primary section of the event of the park.
The Belief for Public Land plans to show an overgrown lot subsequent to the park right into a baseball subject and neighborhood inexperienced house.