More security at Winfield playground after 2nd fire

Published On: May 22 2014 09:26:25 PM CDT   Updated On: May 22 2014 10:38:32 PM CDT

It's been a long time since kids could enjoy Winfield's Island Park. "To a little kid, it means a lot," said parent Cathy Sherrard.

About a year ago, someone torched the playground. "It was like somebody had just come in and just destroyed the neighborhood," said Sherrard.

Locals say it was a terrifying sight, but one all too familiar. Island Park has burned down twice. "Every time we go through a fire and rebuild this facility, it gets bigger and it gets better," said a playground committee member.

Winfield Police Chief Danny Parker says they are being proactive this time around. "There was a lot of thought gone into the materials, fire retardant type of materials," said Parker. "They've done a lot of testing as to what will burn."

Parker says they're ramping up security too. "We've installed cameras which are going to be very effective I think."

Parker says he thinks cameras could have helped with the last fire, and he believes they will keep criminals away this time. He hopes their efforts will keep the park around for generations to come.

Sherrard snagged a piece of the grand opening ribbon for her niece, who has a piece from the last two ribbon cuttings. "She's 17 now," said Sherrard. "She's played down here, she's brought others kids down here, my grandchildren. I have 30 grandchildren and every one of them have played here."

Parents say their children are making memories that no fire can take away.

The last fire remains under investigation, but Winfield Police plan to turn the case over to the District Attorney's Office soon.