Published: May 08, 2010 11:58 PM EDT

For the first time we are hearing from a mother who lost her two year old son in a tragic accident.  He was mauled to death by the family dog last December.  This weekend, a community came together to help build a park in his honor.

"When I drove up, I couldn't believe all these people were here for us...to be a part of liam's playground," says Liam Perk's mother Carrie.

It's a playground that sits in the heart of Rotary park in southwest Cape Coral.  It's named for Liam Perk and designed totally by his Mom with Liam's favorite colors.  Now, it's surrounded by painted hand and foot prints left by friends and perfect strangers.

"They want to come out and see us and say hello...and in turn I get to give them a hug and that's just a great feeling," says Carrie Perk.

"He's in my heart.  He really was and is a remarkable young boy," says Shannon McCormick, the family's midwife.

"As much as we have all this wonderful stuff that's going on, at the end of the day, Joey and I are missing our sweet little boy. And our dog isn't at our home either so we're missing half of our family," says Carrie.

But they still have their daughter and are taking it day by day as they cope.  The playground is set to open next week.  Rotary park is near Pelican Boulevard in Cape Coral.