The Wise Street Park playground, 2420 Holloway Street, is once again open for play, after vandalism occurred to one of its slides last month.

Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Scott Sawyer said staff were able to address the damage at no additional cost to the city outside of labor and install materials.

“With the new electrical substation being built at Kendall Park, we lost our main storage building and items were scattered at various locations,” Sawyer said. “In one location, we discovered a single slide that had been removed from Grant Park when new playground equipment was installed.”

Sawyer said the slide that was discovered was built by the same manufacturer that built the existing playground equipment at Wise Street Park.

“The discovered slide ‘fit’ and PRT, Public Works and Utility department staff did an outstanding job removing the damaged slide and installing the ‘new’ slide,” Sawyer said. “While it is a different color, it plays just as well!”

City Manager Matt DeWitt said he was very proud of the work conducted by these departments to reopen the play equipment to the Wise Street community.

“It is my hope that the community will help us look after the park and enjoy the new slide,” he said.