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Buffalo Grove playground arson probed

Authorities are investigating Friday’s playground arson fire at Alcott Center that caused more than $100,000 damage.

The playground at 530 Bernard Drive, was destroyed when it was set on fire at 8:20 p.m. Friday, according to Buffalo Grove Park District officials.

The playground was installed in 2007 and featured a state-of-the-art soft rubber surface to minimize the risk of injury, as well as ramps and other features that made it accessible for children with physical disabilities.

According to officials, the playground will remain closed throughout the winter until the park district is able to replace it.

Video surveillance confirmed Saturday that at least two people were in the area of the playground at the time that the fire was set, and those people appear to be middle school or high school age.

“The park district deals with different forms of vandalism all the time, but this incident is extreme,” said Mike Terson, the district’s public relations and marketing manager.

“I don’t just work here, we live three blocks away from the Alcott Center, and I’ve been bringing my 6-year-old son to this playground since it was built,” Terson added.

“I can’t even express how much it saddens me to see such a wonderful amenity in our neighborhood, that thousands of children enjoy, just senselessly destroyed because some young people have complete disregard for their community or don’t know how to channel their anger in a less devastating way.”

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