South Lido Key Park is getting a new playground in memory of Christopher and Jarrod Ditmar. Parents of the two boys, Maribeth and Rob Ditmar, are both humbled and honored to have their story chosen by the Where Angels Play Foundation, who build playgrounds dedicated to victims of tragedy. Below you’ll find more information from mysuncoast.com about the Ditmar boys and the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new park.
A new playground will be built next week in honor of one family’s sons
SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) – A silver lining tonight for a Sarasota family who lost not one, but two sons. Maribeth and Rob Ditmars’ son Christopher died of leukemia in 2001.
And as if that wasn’t enough, their son Jarrod was killed in a spearfishing accident near the Ringling Causeway in 2015. Now, with help from the “Where Angels Play Foundation” their sons’ memories will live on, with a playground built in their memory.
Saturday evening, Evie’s Tavern & Grill on Bee Ridge Road held a fundraiser for that playground.
It is set to break ground in South Lido Key Park this upcoming Wednesday, Apr. 18. Construction on the playground is only expected to take a couple of days.
A ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening is set for next Sunday, Apr. 21 at 11 a.m. This playground is the 48 “Where Angels Play Foundation” has been involved in.