Creative Playground destroyed

Creative Playground destroyed

Late Sunday evening neighbors of Yuma’s West Wetlands Park called to report large plumes of smoke coming from the Stewart Vincent Wolfe Creative Playground. When crews arrived the fire had engulfed the once beloved castle and destroyed most of the park fixtures around it. Yuma Fire crews worked diligently to contain the fire to just the creative playground and saved the nearby animal habitats which are made up of trees and brush; if caught the fire could have been devastating to the wetlands ecosystem. On Monday morning City of Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls held a press conference at the site of the fire; in it he expressed his disappointment in the act and forged a plan to move forward and rebuild. The Stewart Vincent Wolfe was built seven years ago an undertaking that was made possible by donations and hundreds of volunteers that included school age children, military, first responders and even members of the media. According to Mayor Nicholls the cost to rebuild will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and community members have already began to donate to the cause.

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