Independence Parks and Recreation makes contribution to playground built in memory of slain siblings.

Bicycle racks have been added to the playground built in remembrance of two Independence children abducted and murdered by their father in 2004.

The Independence Parks and Recreation department donated three bike racks to the Sam and Lindsey Porter Memorial Playground on East Jackson Drive between O’Charley’s Restaurant and Cold Stone Creamery. The playground is next to the Little Blue Trace Trail.

Ty Murrell of the Parks and Recreation Department said the racks were donated more than a month ago, and although the land for the park was provided by the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department, Independence officials felt the need to contribute to the cause as well.

“It’s our contribution to a community park,” Murrell said. “Our purpose is to help offer good health for our residents and we (Independence and Jackson County Parks and Recreation departments) work together on that.”

The 6,000-square-foot playground has two sections, one designed for children under 5 years old and one for children age 5 to 12. It cost about $60,000 to construct and was funded entirely by private donations.

In addition to the playground, Sam and Lindsey also have a memorial scholarship fund named in their honor. Two scholarships will be awarded annually to graduating seniors from William Chrisman High School beginning in 2013, the year Lindsey would have graduated from the school.