Police in Suffolk County say they're are looking for the vandals who spray-painted a swastika, inverted cross and entagram at a playground over the weekend.
The symbols were discovered Sunday morning at San Remo Community Park in Kings Park, police say. Vandals also sprayed other graffiti on signs and podiums at the park.
The case is being investigated as a hate crime, police say.
Families who flocked to the park on the first day of spring were upset to learn of the hateful messages, which have since been scrubbed clean.
"It's a great place to live, and it's very upsetting if this is the kind of stuff that's showing up in our neighborhood," said Dolly Fevola.
Whoever vandalized the park would have gone out of their way to get in: a fence surrounds the park, and the parking lot is locked every night at 7 p.m., according to neighbors.
"It is surprising because this is a great community," said Nancy Timpone.
If you know anything about the graffiti, call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
-- Marc Santia contributed to this report.