Torched Philly playground will rise from ashes with help of Eagles

A playground devastated by an arson fire will rise from the ashes with the help of some birds.  

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to rebuild the playground that was torched on Sunday night at FDR Park, right across the street from their training facility. Christina Lurie, a co-owner of the team with her husband, Jeff, says they will do whatever is necessary.

“Because anyone who damages a playground hurts the kids, hurts this community,” she said Tuesday. “FDR Park is part of our neighborhood. The Eagles are absolutely going to step up and get this fixed. And I know we are going to get so many volunteers to work on this one.”

Mayor Michael Nutter says there is an $11,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who started the fire, which caused up to $300,000 worth of damage.

“This was not just some random act of vandalism,” Nutter said. “This was an act of evil, it was perpetrated on this community and this city.”

Details of when rebuilding playground will begin are still being worked out.

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