Tucson playground burned to ruin

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Pima County Parks and Recreation, looking for the people responsible for torching a playground on the southwest side over the weekend.

As Anthony Francis checked out the playground at Star Valley Park.  He could only shake his head in dis-belief.

"When I drove by I was like what's going on over there I thought maybe you know something more serious happened some one was hurt or something like that and when you said someone burned down, why would somebody burn down something that children use, it's not an adult thing its something they brings fun to children," said Anthony Francis

For Francis and his two young children this was a place where they would spend time together.

Over the weekend, the structure shaped like a tug boat was destroyed, set on fire.

"The playground which was designed to for 2 to 5-year olds was a total loss it was pretty much almost melted totally to the ground," said George Kuck with Pima County Parks and Rec.

More than $15,000 worth of damage and now the parks department isn't sure if they can replace it right away.

"The department will have to pay out of our operating cost a $5,000 deductible plus 20% after that and we hope to be able to replace it but it's going to take some time," said Kuck.

The time that takes to replace the tug boat, Francis' children will have to find another park.

"It's just, you know, a disappointment.  It's a disappointment for the family and mostly the kids.  It's a real disappointment," said Francis.

There have been nine other cases of vandalism at the park since October.  The most recent incident came in June a fire was set to another slide which was also damaged.

Pima County has put up a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the arsonist.