Gemmell Family Playground Officially Opens in Gaithersburg

The Gemmell Family Playground officially opened to the public on Sunday. This new tot lot play area at Griffith Park, adjacent to Gaithersburg City Hall, was created in memory of Marie, Cole and Devin Gemmell, who tragically died when a private plane crashed into their home in 2014.

Marie’s widower Ken and daughter Arabelle helped design the park with the Where Angels Play Foundation, an organization that helps build playgrounds in honor of lost loved ones. The project, worked on exclusively by volunteers known as “Angels Army”, was completed in just three days and is highlighted by individually dedicated playsets for each member of the Gemmell family that was lost.

From donations and sponsorships, Gemmell and Where Angels Play raised $80,000 in a year and a half to fund the building of the playground which is catered to kids ages 2 to 5, around the ages of the two Gemmell children that were lost.

Griffith Park is located at 29 South Summit Avenue.

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Hannah Dalsheim is a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park studying journalism and government & politics. She is an intern at Montgomery Community Media and can be reached at or via twitter @HDalsheim


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