Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Torched Alley Pond Park Playground Reopens After Arson's Damage

The Alley Springfield Playground in Alley Pond Park - located at the corner of Springfield Blvd. and 79th Ave. in Oakland Gardens - reopens after a fire caused a $175,000 worth of damage.


The Alley Pond Park playground reopened late last week after having been shuttered in September due to an apparent act of arson, according to Douglaston-LittleNeck Patch.

Councilman Mark Weprin, D-Oakland Gardens, who obtained funds to repair the playground, joined Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski and local leaders Friday to reopen the site.

“It is a shame that the community had to go for several months without this playground, but I am pleased that the Alley Pond Park’s children’s playground is open for business once again,” Weprin said.

A community in Queens wants to find the person who set fire to a playground at Alley Pond Park overnight.

At fire was set to Alley Springfield Playground in Alley Pond Park early Wednesday morning, September 28, 2011. Several pieces of equipment were melted. (Photo: NBC New York)

A total $175,000 was spent to replace the playground equipment, which was damaged during an overnight fire on Sept. 28.

City Department of Parks and Recreation officials believe that the fire was an act of arson, but no arrests have been made in the incident.

The playground is located in Alley Pond Park at the intersection of Springfield Boulevard and 76thAve. in Oakland Gardens.

Weprin said thousands of northeast Queens children use the playground each year.

Read More:

Torched Alley Pond Park Playground Reopens
Douglaston-LittleNeck Patch - June 19, 2012 - By Nathan Duke

A Walk In The Park - September 29, 2011

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