CORAL SPRINGS, FL – When she was a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Meadow Pollack painted the bumper of her designated parking spot at the school with messages representing her life.
It read: PRINCE$$ MEADOW. And it was all in pink.
Pollack lost her life in the MSD tragedy in 2018, but the vibrancy of who she was lived on in the messages on the bumper, her brother, Hunter Pollack said Thursday.
“She had the personality of a princess,” he said.
Now that decorated bumper is part of a new addition to a playground named in her honor in Coral Springs.
Just feet from the entrance to Princess Meadow’s Playground at Betti Stradling Park at 10301 Wiles Road is the bumper circled in flowers and concrete.
“Having it there is just another reminder of who she was,” Pollack said.
The playground opened last year as a memorial to Meadow, as well as the other 16 students and staff members who died in the shooting.
It was meant to be a place of happiness where children could play and laugh, he said.
After the tragedy, the bumper was stored at a family member’s house and the Pollacks decided it should be located next to the playground.
Pollack said his family approached the City of Coral Springs about the idea, and the parks and recreation staff made it happen, completing the memorial in recent weeks.
“We’re incredibly grateful,” he said.
Officials from the city could not be reached for comment on Thursday.
The city is building a splash pad next to the playground, and Pollack said other add-ons to the park are coming as well, including a potential garden.
For Pollack, the new features will attract even more children and their families to the park from across the region.
“This is what we wanted,” he said.
Next to the bumper, along the concrete, is a “challenge coin” of Meadow, showing her face with one side engraved with the message “accountability and school safety” and the other side with “princess Meadow.”
The family hopes to add a larger picture of Meadow sometime soon – a photo of her smiling so it can bring joy to the park’s visitors, he said.
“She had such a beautiful smile,” he said.