Fitting island tribute to Krystle Campbell

The gazebo on Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor.

Stephanie Schorow

The gazebo on Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor.

In a fitting gesture, the gazebo on Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor will be dedicated to Marathon bombing victim Krystle M. Campbell. She played a role in enlivening the island for thousands of visitors each year, so it was only proper that the Boston Parks and Recreation Commission voted Monday to honor her in this way.

When it opened to the public in 2006, Spectacle Island was known primarily for its pristine walking trails that offered lovely views of the Boston Harbor National Recreation Area. But it soon became apparent that the island needed a little more fun and flair. Outdoor dining and special events at Jasper White’s Summer Shack on Spectacle would become a big part of the island’s allure.


Campbell, the catering manager on Spectacle, earned wide praise from colleagues, rangers, harbor activists, and visitors as the “go to’’ person for clambakes, graduation parties, and other joyous occasions on the island. Her buoyant personality and quick smile went a long way toward providing the desired lift.

A quiet gazebo on a drumlin might not be the first image that comes to mind when recalling Campbell, 29. Her family and many friends would attest that she wasn’t the shy or retiring type. But an outdoor structure with an expansive view captures Campbell’s spirit — always open to new people and fresh experiences.

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