FDR Park gets a new playground. It only took a fire!

The playground that was torched last year by some idiot in FDR Park has been rebuilt and was officially unveiled this week, the South Philly Review reports.

Pic via the Review
Pic via the Review

The Philadelphia Eagles donated equipment to replace the damaged section of the $306,000 play area — originally funded by the park’s trust fund and the City’s capital budget — while 2nd District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson allocated $100,000 from his activities fund and Bank of America contributed a $15,000 grant. Additionally, the team’s front office assisted with the build day four months after the destruction.

The paper reported that Kevin Beattie, 27, of the 2400 block of South Camac Street, set the fire to the eight-month-old structures that were previously there. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 21, according to court records.

This is great news. FDR is really the red-headed stepchild of Philadelphia parks and it could use some more love. Love that isn’t prompted by crime.