Civic groups in Catawba County are expanding a Hickory playground in memory of Zahra Baker, a 10-year-old girl whose dismembered remains were found in western North Carolina last year.
The Hickory Daily Record reports that Kiwanis clubs of Catawba County say the $85,000 addition could be open by July. The new play equipment is for children with disabilities. Bone cancer had left Zahra with a prosthetic leg and hearing aids.
No one has been charged in her death.
The town of Hickory is assisting in the project to add a tunnel, climbing wall and other wheelchair-accessible features to the park.
The Zahra Baker All Children's Playground will include a bronze plaque saying, "Zahra, you touched us. 1999-2010," along with her photo. Associated Press