BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A new park in West Baltimore honoring one of the city’s fallen heroes opened Thursday after years of planning.
It took 15 years and a lot of work to create the Racheal Wilson Memorial Park and Playground. Wilson was a Baltimore firefighter who died during a live fire drill near the park on South Calverton Road.
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She was the first female firefighter to die on duty in Maryland. Wilson’s family received a $200,000 settlement from the city.
A giant ancestral helmet and mural by Wilson adorn the park, which is complemented by a brand new playground.
The park honors Wilson’s legacy while providing residents with a new place to come together and play.
A Boyd Booth neighborhood community leader, Jerlene Boyd, and other residents created the park to provide a safe place for children to play and to ensure that the community continues to remember Wilson.
“When this young lady died, I was upset because she died in an empty house and she wouldn’t come out,” Boyd said. “It took me 15 years to pull this off, but it’s on the way.”
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“It’s an honor to build her this playground,” she said.
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