Less than a month after it opened, a state-of-the-art playground was vandalized, however the community has rallied together to help repair it.
The handicapped-accessible playground at the Pagels School was built after the West Haven community raised more than $100,000 over two years.
"West Haven came together to get this built for our students," said Gary Palermo of Pagels School.
Only after a few weeks of opening, the playground was vandalized.
"We were disappointed and upset that someone would vandalize it," Palermo said.
On Friday, a local contractor Anthony Cardone presented Palermo with a blank check to make sure the playground is repaired.
"I felt I would give a little back to the community," Cardone said.
However Cardone was not alone, two other families have already agreed to donate to the project.
"Since it happened, it has really turned into a community story," said Gary Palermo of Pagels School.
Repairs are expected to cost a couple of hundred dollars. But, the playground will remain open while repairs are being completed.
"The boys and girls aren't going to miss a moment out here," Palermo said.
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