Vandals Cause $100,000 Worth Of Damage At New Far Rockaway Playground

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Vandals caused about $100,000 worth of damage at a brand new Far Rockaway playground, officials said.

The Parks Department believes someone broke into the park between Monday night and Tuesday morning.

PHOTOS: Far Rockaway Playground Vandalized

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports

Police said someone commandeered a front loader parked at the Beach 29th Street playground and used it to plow through the property, damaging almost every piece of equipment at the park.

Community board district manager Jonathan Gaska said the vehicle was not hot-wired and someone needed a key to start it.

“I don’t know if it’s a disgruntled employee but it’s someone who obviously has been around construction sites before and knew how to start the equipment and operate the equipment,” Gaska said. “This was someone who knew how to use heavy equipment and really did a lot of damage. It could’ve been a lot worse, they could’ve brought the heavy equipment to the park house they’re building and you could have damage in the millions.”

No security guard was on duty at the time of the incident.

The playground was scheduled to open in June – just in time for beach season.

Gaska said the damage has pushed back the grand opening of the playground at least a couple of months.

The Parks Department is cleaning up the site and making repairs.

Police are investigating.

No arrests have been made.

  • Howard Gottlieb

    I wonder what in the world people are thinking when they do things like this? I can see some protests but when they destroy things provided for kids and people in the neighborhood that costs so much money I just don’t get what they are trying to accomplish.

    Howard Gottlieb

    • Williams

      Maybe they’re thinking they get to build it all over again, just get more government money and start all over again, keep your job a little longer.

  • DP62

    What happened to cameras for parks? Did that go out with the flood? If they had it maybe they would have caught the individual.

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  • Pax Tayer

    Since the vandals caused $100K worth of damage, they should have to declare that $100K as income and pay taxes on it – in addition to paying it back!

  • JohnW9540

    I used to be a locksmith. Construction Equipment has avery different lock from a car. in fact almost all keys are interchangeable.

  • Peter

    not a chance !!!!



  • dakotahgeo

    I thought NYC was so overloaded with security cams and policepersons??!! Obviously it was doughnut break………….

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  • CSI

    once ghetto trash always ghetto trash. then they complain why their neighborhood look like crap.

  • Soap

    Instead of wasting money on traffic cams to screw good citizens they should deploy cams in these parks where all the hoods hang out.

  • diver

    So who left the keys in the front loader?

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      Your mom. Again.

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    • Peter

      A car thief probably hot wired it some grown up punk trashing a poor kids playground. WTF !!!

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