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New Playground for South Lido Beach

New Playground for South Lido Beach

| Sande Caplin |

Where Angels Play Foundation and community volunteers build new playground while honoring Christopher and Jarrod Ditmars at South Lido Beach in Sarasota, FL

Where Angels Play Foundation is seeking donations and local support for the Christopher and Jarrod Ditmars playground that will be built on South Lido Beach in Sarasota, FL. This program and non-profit foundation was founded and created in the wake of the tragic events of Superstorm Sandy and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

This playground will reflect the life and personalities of both Christopher and Jarrod Ditmars.  Christopher fought a courageous battle with Leukemia until 2001, and his younger brother Jarrod joined him as an angel at the age of 21 in 2015 doing what he loved, spearfishing.

Inspired by senseless violence in Newtown, Connecticut and in an effort to restore the storm ravaged east coast after Hurricane Sandy, we set out to create 26 living tributes to the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School as well as all children who have been victims of violence while creating safe, fun places for children to be children. These families have decided to pay it forward to the rest of the country and the world for communities in need and to honor young lives that have left us much too soon.

May these playgrounds provide a symbol of hope, recovery and a return to normalcy, a gift to our youth in an effort to enhance and sustain their precious childhood.

2198 Ben Franklin Drive, South Lido Beach, Sarasota, FL

Events Scheduled:
April 18th and 19th at 9:00am – Volunteer build and construction days at build site
April 21st at 11:00am – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and grand opening of playground

The playgrounds will be designed to reflect the personality and interests of the child or children for whom it is named. We are grateful to the families for enthusiastically supporting this blessed project. For more information, e-mail MaryKate Herbert at

To make a donation to this cause or other ways to help, visit the website at

photo from Where Angels Play website

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