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Playground fire sets community ablaze with mission to rebuild - abc27 WHTM

Playground fire sets community ablaze with mission to rebuild

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MOUNT JOY, Pa. (WHTM) -

It has been seven months since police said arsonists torched a Lancaster County playground.

Mount Joy wants to re-build and Tuesday was declared design day, a chance for people to brainstorm and create.

In September 2012, flames shot into the sky from the Kids Joyland playground in Mount Joy Police said two teenagers are responsible. The damage was so bad, the charred remains were torn down.

"While it was a very upsetting thing, I can say from that upsetting thing, what we're going to have is so much safer and better for our kids," said Susan Heydt, who helped build the original playground 18 years ago.

Heydt is now co-chair for the CORE (Community Organized Rebuilding Experience) committee for the Kids Joyland project.

Today, the kids who will use the playground had their chance to tell designer, Jane Holman, what they want in their new playground.

"And that was a lot of fun. Great ideas. I probably could've designed about six playgrounds with everything they shared with me. It was awesome," said Holman.

Holman works for the company that designed the original playground. She will take the kids' ideas and sketch-up a new, state of the art playground. It will be made of recycled plastic so kids do not have to worry about splinters or another fire.

"The community input piece of this is what makes this so magical. There's ownership. There's respect for the final product," said Heydt.

To donate to the playground fund, follow its status, or volunteer, you can visit the following websites:

https://www.facebook.com/KidsJoyLandOutOfTheAshes?ref=stream

http://mainstreetmountjoy.com/

http://www.mountjoyborough.com/mount_joy_boro/site/default.asp

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