Spectacle Island gazebo dedicated in memory of Krystle Campbell

Campbell, killed in the Boston Marathon bombings, had managed a food operation on Spectacle and Georges islands in recent summers

The Krystle M. Campbell Memorial Gazebo
The Krystle M. Campbell Memorial Gazebo

With the smell of the sea lingering in the air, the family of Krystle Campbell, who was killed in the Boston Marathon attacks, formally dedicated a Harbor Island gazebo in her memory.

Members of her family and officials with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the cities of Boston and Medford, Boston Harbor Island Alliance, and the National Park Service unveiled the Krystle M. Campbell Memorial Gazebo Tuesday at a ceremony on Spectacle Island, DCR said.

Campbell, a Medford native and former student at the University of Massachusetts, had managed the Summer Shack and event operations on Spectacle and Georges islands for the past five years.


She was known to cherish the peaceful atmosphere and tranquil views from the gazebo’s location on the eastern side of Spectacle.

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“On that fateful Patriots Day, Medford lost one of our own, Krystle Campbell,” Michael J. McGlynn, the mayor of Medford, said in a statement. “This dedication is an honor for her family, and it will allow all of us a beautiful place in which to remember her tremendous passion, energy, and her mantra of living life to the fullest.”

Campbell, 29, was one of three people killed April 15 in the explosions at the Boston Marathon. Martin Richard, an 8-year-old Dorchester resident, and Lingzi Lu, 23, a Boston University student, also died.

“Dedicating the gazebo in her name is a wonderful symbol of her love of a peaceful and serene spot that looks out over the city,” Jeff Dugan, director of operations at Summer Shack, who helped push for the dedication, said in a statement.

“Its location provides visitors with the opportunity to experience the peace and tranquility which Krystle enjoyed on the island and to view a city that will forever mourn the loss of this dynamic young woman,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said.

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