2012-03-23 / Top Stories

Vandals Destroy Park Overnight

By Nicholas Briano


The soon-to-open playground at Beach 29 Street was vandalized overnight when someone started an on-site front loader and wrecked parts of the park. The soon-to-open playground at Beach 29 Street was vandalized overnight when someone started an on-site front loader and wrecked parts of the park. Cops are seeking a vandal who drove an on-site front-loader construction vehicle through the fence of a nearly completed Far Rockaway playground, causing more than $100,000 in damage that may set back the park’s opening for months, according to local sources.

The park, located at Beach 29 Street and the boardwalk, was set to open in July as part of a $30 million investment made by the Parks Department to improve playgrounds in the area. The vandal somehow started the front-end loader sometime around 4 a.m. on Wednesday morning, drove it through the chain link fence and destroyed parts of the playground’s slides and climbing equipment.

“I’m beside myself right now,” an on-site worker said. “This is horrible.”

When workers arrived in the morning they were devastated to see the damage and called 101 Precinct police who combed the area looking for clues.

Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska was, like many, in disbelief that someone would do this.

“These machines are not easy to start,” Gaska said. “These people knew what they were doing. This could delay the park’s opening for months.”

It’s unknown if surveillance in the area, possibly from the school across the street, was able to spot someone on camera prior to the vandalism.

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