Big Spring Playground Rebuilt After Arson Fire

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - A kid's playground torched to the ground. But out of the rubble, Big Spring community leaders and volunteers have stepped up to rebuild Kid'sZone. Since an arson fire in December, neighbors have been planning it's renovation and now it's almost finished.

"Anytime you have something bad happen in the community, the good out of it is that people come together to restore what was destroyed," Big Spring Assistant City Manager, Todd Darden, said.

80 volunteers spent the last week restoring Kid'sZone at Commanche Trail Park.

"I think that's why you see so many volunteers out here today," Darden said. "They want to let the arsonists know that you might could hurt it for a little bit, but we'll make it bigger and better and that's what you're seeing today."

And for the Big Spring Firefighters who helped put out the blaze, they say restoring the playground has strengthened bonds throughout the community.

"It's a good thing for the community for everyone to see each other," Big Spring Firefighter Clete Andrews, said. "We don't get to see each other as a community very often, as far as being fireman, it's nice to get out and help everyone else out."

The city plans to use any leftover money to install security cameras in hopes of offering a safe place to play. As for the culprits of the fire, investigators are still looking for answers.

"It's still an open investigation and anyone with information they can call Crimestoppers and be offered up to a $15,000 reward for the arrest or indictment of the person or persons responsible," Darden said.

"Because somebody torched it, the community has really rallied around that to really make it better and that's kind of exciting to be a part of that," Ethica, New York Contractor, Barry Segal, said.

The city tells NewsWest 9, the cost to rebuild the playground is about $80,000. Most of that money came from fundraisers and local clubs. The volunteers say they're hoping to be finished by this Saturday.