The playground at Coral Reef Park in Palmetto Bay now has its own name: Bridget Allison Pier Playground.
On May 13, village officials held a dedication and ceremony in honor of Bridget Allison Pier, the 7-year-old daughter of former village clerk, Meighan Pier Alexander. Bridget died in 2011 after having a stroke while on a vacation in Hawaii, a place she loved.
The dedication took place on what would have been her 13th birthday. The young girl attended Coral Reef Elementary School, which adjoins the park’s playground area. The playground is currently being revamped.
Last year, a town hall meeting for children was held to gather ideas for the new playground equipment. At the park’s dedication ceremony, some of those same students were part of a chorus that performed during the dedication. Many of Bridget’s former first grade classmates also attended. Those who went were given Hawaiian necklaces.
Bridget died in Hawaii in 2011 during her mother’s Makapuu one-year beach wedding anniversary celebration. One night after returning to the hotel room from a day of surfing, the blue-eyed girl suffered a stroke. She died days later.
Bridget loved the ocean and all the creatures in it, her mother said. She had expressed a deep desire to one day live in Hawaii. Because of Bridget’s love for the island, her organs were donated to those who needed them in Hawaii. Her ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.