But the playground is a memorial to Dylan Hockley, one of 20 first-graders killed
in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School
in Newtown, Connecticut, in one of the deadliest school shootings in American history. And the woman is Nicole Hockley
, Dylan's mother, who since the tragic death of her 6-year-old son has dedicated her life
to preventing similar tragedies
The playground is one of 26 that were built in the shooting's aftermath -- one for each of the 20 first-graders who died and the six educators
who gave their lives trying to protect the school children in their care.
Tuesday, December 14 marks nine years since Adam Lanza
burst into the elementary school and opened fire. The shooting rocked the nation, prompting a normally stoic President Barack Obama to tear up at a news conference.
As horrific as the killing was, there hasn't been a major change in federal gun safety policy in the United States. While Obama vowed that "These tragedies must end," congressional efforts he backed for comprehensive gun control failed soon after the rampage. The legislation would have included expanded background checks and a new assault weapon ban.
Meanwhile, school shootings -- like the one in Oxford, Michigan
, last month that took the lives of four students -- continue, even after high-profile massacres at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School
in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe High School
in Texas spurred outrage and activism.