Kayla's Hands Playground
Kayla's Hands Playground officially opened to the public in Prescott, Arizona in honor of Kayla Mueller, a selfless humanitarian who was held captive and eventually was killed by ISIS in 2015.
Family, friends and community members gathered for the opening of the new state-of-the-art-playground built and dedicated to Kayla. After the ribbon cutting, the children bolted in to play on the swings, jungle gym, slides and a 66-foot ZipKrooz®.
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, addressed those who gathered and called Kayla a "hero"- a term he doesn't often use.
“She lived her life for others,” McCain said. “She used her hands to relieve suffering. She was not just sympathetic to the plight of the less fortunate, she was moved to action. She was moved to sacrifice her own conflicts and security to help strangers, to love them.” The playground name of Kayla's Hands was fitting because of her actions.
Kayla was a 24-year-old aid worker in southern Turkey who was kidnapped by armed gunmen in 2013 while traveling with Doctors Without Borders in Syria. She died 18 months later still a prisoner of ISIS terrorists, her death was confirmed by the White House on February 10, 2015.
The local Kiwanis Club of Prescott spearheaded the project and generated an outpouring of community donors over 15 months to fully fund the playground project. Her parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller, were beaming as they listening to the children joyfully enjoying the playground.