New playground equipment dedicated to Quinn Butt
A new purple and pink piece of playground equipment recently installed in Harbour Grace will mean a little something more for the family of Quinn Butt.
Quinn, the five-year-old girl whose tragic death earlier this year struck an emotional chord with people all over Newfoundland and Labrador, used to play at the H. Ross Sheppard Memorial Playground with her young cousins. Her mom, Andrea Gosse, did the same as a young girl growing up in Harbour Grace.
With all that in mind, it was fitting for the town to honour Quinn’s memory in some way.
On Sunday, Nov. 6, a large crowd consisting of family, friends, and town officials gathered at the Alberta Drive playground to officially unveil the new slide.
“I thought it was really nice,” explained Deputy Mayor Sonia Williams, who was at the unveiling along with Mayor Terry Barnes and other members of council.
The pink and purple colours were chosen to reflect Quinn’s personal preference. Following her death in April, many people displayed pink and purple ribbons on their property to show support for the girl’s family.
In August, a playground called Quinn’s Place opened outside Paradise Elementary; the small school Quinn would have attended this fall were she alive.
Trent Butt, Quinn’s father, is charged with first-degree murder and arson. A 10-day preliminary inquiry is scheduled to begin in January. The accused has not entered any pleas.
Family and friends joined Andrea Gosse, the mother of Quinn Butt, for the official unveiling of a new piece of playground equipment Nov. 6 at the H. Ross Sheppard Memorial Playground in Harbour Grace.