A destination playground dedicated to the memory of sisters Sophie and Madigan Lillard is moving closer to becoming a reality at the future Westside Regional Park at Hargett Farm.
Bob Smith, the city of Frederick’s deputy director of parks and recreation, said Wednesday that members of the Parks and Recreation Commission voted to recommend approval of a memorandum of understanding mapping out details of the playground on the city-owned property. The Board of Aldermen will discuss the document at an upcoming workshop, and then vote on it at a public hearing.
Smith said the city will fund basic park infrastructure, while money raised through the nonprofit Sophie & Madigan’s Playground will fund the equipment and other amenities.
The playground is slated to include three different “lands” — Fantasy Land, Neverland and Wonderland — made up of custom equipment, and details reflecting the girls’ spirits and personalities.
Sophie, 6, and Madigan, 3, died Jan. 31, 2013, in a house fire near Myersville. Their mother, Chrissi Lillard, and other family members, friends and community members have raised roughly $400,000 for the playground thus far.
Smith said construction should commence on the playground in the coming months and possibly run parallel to road improvements set to begin in the fall.