The short life of Jaxon Marocco, who died at just two years old, had a lasting impact on the Cranston community and his impact is honored at the Jaxon Marocco Memorial Playground, a handicapped accessible playground located in the Chafee Complex on Hope Road. According to Jaxon’s grandfather, Steve, the playground, the landscaping, the memorial bricks, the benches, even the security cameras, are all due to the generosity of the local community. “There are a lot of great people in Cranston,” he said.
On April 27, that same community spirit and generosity was visible as Jaxon’s family, friends, members of the Western Cranston Garden Club and the Cranston community came together to plant a Rubrum Maple tree donated by Forest Hills Nursery in honor of Jaxon.
Clara Russo and Ines DiBiasio were co-chairs of the event, as Adopt-a-Spot chairwomen, and Mayor Allan Fung was also on hand to speak.
“It’s nice to see the community come together,” said Mayor Fung. “I want to first thank the members of the Western Cranston Garden Club for picking this spot and honoring one of our own who is not only just a Cranston resident but an important part of my friendship with the Marocco family, who I’ve known for a long time. This is a very special opportunity and we can’t thank you enough for remembering through this beautiful tree, another important part of our city’s heritage and our family. This is one of the great things about Cranston. We are about our community coming together, taking care of one of our own, and I know that on behalf of the Marocco family that it means a lot to them to continue to remember Jaxon. In the short time that he was here, the touched so many lives and individuals, not just in Cranston, but across other communities who got the chance to know him and the family. We can’t thank you enough.”
“This beautiful tree will forever be in Jaxon’s memory and we can’t thank him and all of you enough,” he said about Alan Muoio. “Thank you for all you do.”