Bricks engraved with a variety of passages honour the life of Const. Sarah Beckett and others. The bricks are part of the new Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground, which officially opened on Saturday. (Submitted/Kala Wood)

Langford’s Sarah Beckett Memorial playground opens

Life of West Shore RCMP Constable honoured with new playground

The life of a treasured West Shore RCMP constable is now memorialized in stone and amongst the unbridled joy of children’s play.

Saturday’s grand opening of the Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground, located on Glen Lake Road, drew dozens of families to honour and celebrate Const. Sarah Beckett, who was killed after being struck by a drunk driver in the line of duty in 2016. Beckett was the mother of two young sons.

READ ALSO: Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground planned for City Centre Park

The Memorial Park opening was a success, with families laughing in the sun and cake served by the Rotary Club. The playground offers something for all, with areas for two to five-year-olds and adjacent equipment for five to 12-year-olds.

But one feature remains a constant reminder of a life cut short. Carved in stone are the words: “Constable Sarah Beckett – A life that made a difference.”

The engraving is part of the Buy a Brick fundraiser hosted by the Rotary Club – which allowed the public to purchase bricks in Beckett’s honour to be engraved with their name, favourite quote, company name or dedication to a lost loved one. The program was used to help raise money needed to open the playground.

In June, Beckett’s husband, Bad Aschenbrener told Black Press Media that the family had enjoyed a playground during their last vacation together.

“The boys and I drive past the playground every day checking out the progress,” he said. “Our boys know what the playground is for and look forward to the opening in August.”

READ ALSO: Inaugural Sarah Beckett memorial Run raises $20,000 for law enforcement scholarship

Shortly after the playground’s official opening, the Westhills’ newly renovated Stadium held its own ribbon-cutting ceremony and the Pacific FC kicked off a game against Winnipeg’s Valour FC, earning a 2-1 win.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

UVic announces review into circumstances of fatal bus crash

Upcoming student trip on the same route not cancelled

Hundreds gather at fundraising kickoff for ‘Kings Park’ purchase

Campaign to raise $2.75 million for the District of Saanich underway

Collector car season rolling to season’s end at Turkey Head

European car and coffee meet is every third Sunday

Saanich police injured while arresting suspect

Man accused of shoplifting pulls out a knife, struggles with arresting officers

Oak Bay grants 60 days of protection for century-old mansion

J.W. Morris House slated for removal by Abstract Developments

Third instance of Trudeau in skin-darkening makeup emerges

Another instance of Trudeau using makeup to darken his face has emerged, within 24 hours of the first

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of September 17

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Should the province step in to upgrade the road to Bamfield?

The death of two University of Victoria students on a bus bound… Continue reading

Yearbook photo surfaces of Trudeau wearing ‘brownface’ costume in 2001

The report describes the occasion as an ‘Arabian Nights’-themed gala event

‘Troubling, insulting’: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh reacts to Trudeau’s brownface photo

Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democrats, responded with a call for love after Trudeau photos surface

Elderly B.C. man gets 10 years in prison for sexually abusing young daughters

WARNING: This story contains graphic details and is not appropriate for all readers

‘This is not a drill’: Whistler Blackcomb gets first snowfall of the season

The 7th Heaven Summit had a dusting of snow Tuesday morning

Legislature gifts, clothing, travel need better control, B.C. auditor says

Audit follows suspensions of managers by Speaker Darryl Plecas

Most Read