Melrose school park to be named for slain Vietnam veteran

A park with a new $60,000 playground for children at Lincoln Elementary School will be rededicated Saturday at 10 a.m. in honor of the late Marine Private David A. Bingham of Melrose. Bingham, who was 19 when he was killed in Vietnam in 1968, attended the school on West Wyoming Street. A city-owned park was dedicated to him several years ago. Now a new tot lot, with swings and slides accessible for disabled children, has been built there. The city donated $10,000 and provided city workers to build the playground structures, which will be for children up to age 5. Most of the money was raised from private donors. Dunkin’ Donuts contributed $25,000, while Whole Foods and the Piccolo Family Foundation each donated $4,000. Contributions from local residents, nonprofits, and small businesses totaled $15,000. “This will be a true community playground,” said Mayor Robert J. Dolan. “And it will honor the memory of a Melrose veteran, who grew up in that neighborhood, and made the ultimate sacrifice.”