2011-10-05 / Features

Alley Pond Park Playground Torched



Area residents are outraged over the apparent torching of a playground located in Alley Pond Park, at the intersection of Springfield Boulevard and 76th Avenue in Oakland Gardens. Sometime between the evening of September 27 and the morning of September 28, an individual or group apparently set fire to the playground, damaging both the ground surface and several pieces of playground equipment. City Department of Parks and Recreation has initiated an investigation. “Anyone who witnesses the action or has relevant information should come forward,” Councilmember Mark Weprin said. “The children of our community have lost access to a beautiful and safe place to play.” Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or Weprin’s office at 718-468-0137. Area residents are outraged over the apparent torching of a playground located in Alley Pond Park, at the intersection of Springfield Boulevard and 76th Avenue in Oakland Gardens. Sometime between the evening of September 27 and the morning of September 28, an individual or group apparently set fire to the playground, damaging both the ground surface and several pieces of playground equipment. City Department of Parks and Recreation has initiated an investigation. “Anyone who witnesses the action or has relevant information should come forward,” Councilmember Mark Weprin said. “The children of our community have lost access to a beautiful and safe place to play.” Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or Weprin’s office at 718-468-0137.

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