(Image courtesy DCR)
With the ocean in the background and the smell of sea salt lingering in the air, the family of Krystle Campbell, a victim of the Boston Marathon Bombing, formally dedicated a gazebo on Spectacle Island in her memory.
At a private ceremony Tuesday, members of the young Medford native’s family and officials with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, city of Boston, city of Medford, Boston Harbor Island Alliance, and National Parks Service unveiled the new memorial, dubbed the Krystle M. Campbell Memorial Gazebo, according to DCR.
Campbell, a University of Massachusetts Boston student, for the past five-years managed the Summer Shack and event operations at Spectacle Island and Georges Island. She was known to frequent the gazebo's location on the eastern-side of Spectacle Island for its peaceful atmosphere and tranquil views.
"On that fateful Patriots Day, Medford lost one of our own, Krystle Campbell, a 2001 graduate of Medford High School. Krystle was cheering on friends when she was killed instantly during the bombing. Krystle, the young lady with the million dollar smile, was born and grew up in Medford,” Michael J. McGlynn, the mayor of Medford, said in a statement. “This dedication is an honor for her family and it will allow all of us a beautiful place in which to remember her tremendous passion, energy and her mantra of living life to the fullest."
Campbell, 29, was one of three people killed April 15 in the explosions at the Boston Marathon. Martin Richard, an eight-year-old Dorchester resident, and Lingzi Lu, a 23-year-old Boston University student, also died in the blasts.
“Krystle was an intricate part of the success of the food service and catering on the harbor islands,” Jeff Dugan, the director of operations at Summer Shack who helped push for the dedication, said in a statement.
“She spent numerous hours working with the island partners, BHIA and DCR, and we are all very lucky to have her hard work, generous personality and infectious laugh to thank for the success of the Summer Shack brand on the islands,” he said. “Dedicating the gazebo in her name is a wonderful symbol of her love of a peaceful and serene spot that looks out over the city.”
The renaming of the structure was a joint effort between DCR, the Boston Harbor Island Alliance, and the National Park Service with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department approving the application in July.
The signage, which hangs over the entrance greeting visitors, was designed pro-bono by Design Division of Amherst. Mystic Scenic Studios of Norwood created the sign and donated the materials and labor.
“We are honored to celebrate the life of Krystle Campbell by naming this structure in her memory,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino, said in a statement. “Its location provides visitors with the opportunity to experience the peace and tranquility which Krystle enjoyed on the island and to view a city that will forever mourn the loss of this dynamic young woman.”
To read more about efforts to dedicate the memorial to Campbell, click here.