BRIDGEPORT - Volunteers and community members have started construction on a memorial playground for a first-grade victim of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown.

Students from the University of Bridgeport are teaming up with Bridgeport firefighters to build the playground at Seaside Park. The playground is being built in memory of 7-year-old Josephine Gay.

It is part of the Sandy Ground Project. The organization's goal is to build a playground in 26 communities affected by Hurricane Sandy and to dedicate each playground to a victim of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Wednesday, on what organizers say would have been Josephine's eighth birthday.