The community of River Falls, Wisconsin, gathered Saturday to dedicate a memorial playground to honor three sisters – Amara, Sophie and Cecilia Schaffhausen – who were killed by their father in July 2012.
The Tri-Angels Playground was built at Hoffman Park in River Falls – the three girls are being honored with customized pieces of play equipment that represent what they were interested in. The playground also includes artwork created by the girls, according to KARE 11.
Amara was 11, Sophie, 8, and Cecilia-Lee, 5 at the time of their deaths.
The girls' mother, Jessica Peterson, has remarried and has two young children. She told the River Falls Journal she is excited to have her older daughter Trinity, who is 15 months old, play on the new playground.
“It’s going to be amazing just to see her climbing all over those things," she said.
Peterson led the efforts to raise more than $500,000 to build the playground; the nonprofit organization Unlimited Play helped organize the project.
Construction on the playground began in late June.
The playground is a way to remember the girls for the way they lived, not the way they died, playground organizers have said.
The playground is also unique in that it is designed to be accessible to children who have disabilities, or who use a walker or wheelchair, the River Falls Journal notes.