Congratulations to the students and staff from McCarver Elementary, University of Puget Sound, University of Washington, Hilltop community and Greater Metro Parks Foundation for their contributions to the Zina Linnik Project.
Last month, the Tacoma City Council recognized the Zina Linnik Project volunteers with a City of Destiny Award for their group effort which turned a time of tragedy to a moment of triumph for Tacoma.
The project began in August 2007, when students and faculty at McCarver Elementary School wanted to do something to honor their classmate Zina Linnik, who had been tragically murdered a month earlier. Their initial idea was to write a few papers and hold a memorial service for her, but when the Hilltop community began to rally around their cause, the parents and “McCarver Peacekeepers” chose to take on a far more audacious challenge —to make their neighborhood a safe place for children to play, by championing improvements for Wright Park and McCarver Park.
Landscape and Urban Studies classes from the University of Washington and the University of Puget Sound worked with the McCarver students and Metro Parks staff to create the unique park redesigns. Relying on the students’ ideas, the young designers came up with design concepts which would soon transform empty and aged landscape into two sources of great community pride.
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