ALAMEDA (KRON) – Authorities are investigating after a play structure at an Alameda park was burned early Saturday morning.
According to the Alameda Fire Department, crews responded to a report of a play structure on fire around 3:39 a.m. at Woodstock Park in the 300 block of Cypress Avenue.
Crews arrived to find the structure engulfed in flames.
The fire was quickly put out and officials say the damage was confined to the playground and rubber turf around it.
Investigators suspect an arsonist is responsible for the fire.
“It’s just sad to see it destroyed,” said Doug Evans, who often comes to the park with his son.
Evans says this is an area of Alameda that doesn’t get much love so seeing this happen at the park makes it more disheartening.
“The likelihood of it getting rebuilt anytime soon seems unlikely and the kids just won’t have a play structure to play on,” Evans said.
Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft says the playground opened in late 2017 and cost around $250,000 to build.
“We are just beside ourselves,” Mayor Ashcraft said. “We will do whatever it takes to get this rebuilt because we need playgrounds across out city in every neighborhood.”
Crews say the fire at the playground was the first of two they fought at the park early Saturday morning.
The first fire erupted in a trash can next to the playground just before 2 a.m.
Then less than 2 hours later, they returned to find the playground burning.