For Immediate Release
July 29, 2013
Parks and Recreation
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Members of the Boston Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously today to dedicate the gazebo on the East side of Spectacle Island Park in honor of Krystle M. Campbell of Medford. Campbell was one of three people killed on April 15, 2013 following the explosion of two bombs placed near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. She was 29 years old.
The request to honor Campbell was made in a letter addressed to the Commission and signed by Boston Harbor Island Alliance President Philip Griffiths, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Jack Murray, and Superintendent of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area Kelly Fellner.
Their letter says, in part, “The bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon were a tragic event for all of us in the City, the region and the nation. The many people who work together to manage the Boston Harbor Islands national park area lost a friend and colleague in Krystle Campbell who was killed in the bombing, and we would like to request your approval to allow us to honor her memory on Spectacle Island.”
Krystle was the Catering Manager with the Boston Harbor National Park Area. She worked for five years with the team from Jasper White’s Summer Shack, the café on the island. Her colleagues state in the letter, “We came to know her very well. She loved being on the Islands, and it seems highly appropriate to honor her memory there.”
The gazebo which will be dedicated to Krystle is on the East side of Spectacle Island, located between the two drumlins, and overlooking Boston Harbor in the area called the “saddle.” Summer Shack owner Jeff Dugan told Commissioners that the gazebo was one of Krystle’s favorite places to go to relax.
Spectacle Island is a 105 acre public park located approximately four miles offshore. The island has a guarded swimming beach, five miles of walking paths, a visitor center, marina, and the Summer Shack Cafe. The following entities share jurisdiction for Spectacle Island: the City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the National Park Service, and the Boston Harbor Islands Alliance.
Proponents of the dedication to honor Krystle will now work with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department on the wording for a plaque with her name on it to be placed at the gazebo.