Several city agencies are investigating the torching of a children's playground at the Alley Pond Park in Queens, according to NBC News.
The arson happened sometime between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, according to authorities.
Fire was set to the playground at the park, located at Springfield Boulevard and 76th Avenue in Oakland Gardens, damaging the ground surface and several pieces of playground equipment.
Both police and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation are investigating.
Local City Council member Mark Weprin said thousands of local children use the playground.
"Anyone who witnessed the action or has relevant information should come forward," said Weprin. "The children of our community have lost access to a beautiful and safe place to play."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
Police Investigate Queens Playground Torching
NBC New York - September 29, 2011
I went here yesterday with my son to see the condition in the photos above and couldn't believe it. He was so sad he couldn't play but is a toddler so he couldn't understand why. Can't believe someone or some people could do this.