Special playground torched over the weekend

JASPER, Ala. (AP) - Someone has torched a playground built for children with physical disabilities in Jasper.

Officials say the blaze at the APEX Playground at Jasper's Memorial Park happened around 3 a.m. Sunday. The entire project cost $350,000, which came from both city funds and private donations. It could cost more than $150,000 to repair the damage, which includes melted plastic, blackened metal and a scorched rubber floor.

There's a $5,000 reward being offered for information leading to an arrest, but Jasper police say they have no suspects and few leads.

Parents and children are confused and upset over the fire. The playground is very popular because it's the only one of its kind in Walker County.

Nine-year-old Megan Davis says she hopes someone builds a new playground.

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