A new play park has been named after a young Derry boy who died tragically in 2013.
Jake Murphy was 11 years-old when fell ill while playing near a building site close to Bradley’s Pass. Sadly, Jake was pronounced dead a short while later in Altnagelvin Hospital.
Jake had just completed his primary seven year at Steelstown Primary School at the time of the incident.
Jake, from Ardnamoyle in Shantallow, had a pre-existing heart defect.
The official opening of ‘Jake’s Play Park’ took place in Racecourse Park on Thursday morning and the ceremony was attended by Jake’s parents, Peter and Leona and his four sisters, Orla, Aine, Rita and Eva.
The event was organised by Apex Housing Association. Apex Property Services Officer, Christopher Doherty and Apex Housing Officer, Caroline Donnelly, presented Jake’s parents with a bouquet of flowers before officially opening the park. Other members of Jake’s family and friends also attended the opening of the park.
“Jake was a proper wee character,” said mum Leona emotionally. “Jake loved playing outside and I am just happy that this park has been named in his memory,” she added.
Jake’s father, Peter, said he hoped families in the area would enjoy the park.
“I hope no body vandalises the park because it’s nice to see something named in honour of my son. It’s a great park and I hope the people of this area enjoy it.”
Local Sinn Fein councillor, Tony Hassan, was also at the opening ceremony and said he hoped ‘Jake’s Play Park’ would help Leona and Peter with their loss.
“Speaking from personal experience it’s impossible to ever get over the loss of someone like Jake.
“I know Leona and Peter and I know what they have been through - I hope the fact the park is named in Jake’s honour helps them some,” said Colr. Hassan.