McKinley Park may have been destroyed by arson, but people in the community did not let the perpetrator get any glory from the tragedy.
Volunteers decided to get together and rebuild the park.
“It was a dire situation. The kids lost a place where they could meet up after school and have fun. It was a big loss for us,” said Americorp volunteer Chad Artis.
Nearby residents remember the fire that happened 11 months ago and say they are thrilled volunteers were able to rebuild the park in a matter of weeks. They just hope no one trashes it again.
“I mean the community can itself can patrol it, and if someone is doing something bad they can step up and say ‘hey don’t do that,’” said resident Lindsey Wilson.
Though volunteers realize someone could set fire to the playground again, they remain optimistic that it won’t happen again.
“Once you make it they are going to destroy it. I think it’s just everybody coming together. We’re going to get it done. You hope people will see us out here and they’re going to appreciate for what it is,” said volunteer Nathan Pollock.
Volunteers hope to have the park open for children to play again early this week.
Kimberly Easton filed this report.