Somerville will dedicate its renovated and renamed Cremin Playground with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the corner of Otis and Dane streets, where Deanna Cremin used to gather with her friends.
Formerly the Otis Playground, the space honors the memory of Cremin, who was found dead a few blocks from home in March 1995. It was soon after her 17th birthday. Her murder remains unsolved.
“After all the marches and vigils we’ve held through the years in the pursuit of justice, it will be very special to gather in Deanna’s memory for something positive for a change,” said her mother, Katherine Cremin.
Kimberli Bowler, a friend of Cremin’s, said the park is where they used to hang out. “I think it’s really nice to see her commemorated in a place for children,” Bowler said, adding that Cremin was passionate about child care and worked at a day care program for elementary students organized by Somerville High School.
The playground’s design, developed by CBS Landscape Architects, includes new play structures, musical instruments, murals, a water spray area, a dish swing, and café tables. There also are improved safety features, such as lighting, security cameras, and gates.
“This park will honor [Cremin’s] caring, fun-loving spirit, and with the renovation of the playground, our children and families will be now able to enjoy a space dedicated to Deanna’s memory and legacy,” said Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone.
Bowler is now part of the Friends of Deanna Cremin, which directs any information regarding the teen’s death to law enforcement.
“We work really hard to try and keep her memory alive and make sure she’s never forgotten,” said Bowler. “But I don’t think she could be.”Vanessa Nason can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.