Lavin said it gave him the idea to ‘‘get out of our funk’’ over the Sandy and Newtown tragedies and build more playgrounds.
Though the new project, called The Sandy Ground: Where Angels Play, was conceived to honor the school victims, Lavin said he sees no reason to stop at 26. He said the union hopes to build playgrounds in violence-scarred cities such as Newark and Camden and in other states, too.
‘‘While these parks will bear the names of the Newtown victims, they are dedicated to all children of violence,’’ he said. ‘‘This is not just about Newtown. A massacre is occurring one child at a time in our inner cities.’’