Police Investigate Queens Playground Torching - NBC New York

Police Investigate Queens Playground Torching



    A community in Queens wants to find the person who set fire to a playground at Alley Pond Park overnight. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011)

    Several city agencies are investigating the torching of a children's playground at the Alley Pond Park in Queens.

    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.