A fund raising effort is underway to rebuild a Mount Joy playground destroyed by arson over a month ago.
Mount Joy borough manager Scott Hershey said Union Community Bank donated $5,000 and two local churches have pledged to donate their Christmas offerings.
Kids Joyland, a wooden playground, was destroyed by fire on September 28. Borough officials said the damage was in excess of $100,000.
Police have identified two teenagers as persons of interest. They have gathered evidence from the scene, but have not yet filed any charges.
Mount Joy Police Detective Joseph Goody said police are waiting on forensic test results to come back from Pennsylvania State Police, and that could take several weeks.
“It pulled on the heart strings of the citizens of the town and it's a
natural sense for the community to come together and it's a natural
sense for the police department to hold someone accountable,” Goody said.
Donations for a new playground are being accepted at any Union Community Bank branch or at the Mount Joy Borough Office.