COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, MI – On Tuesday May 19th, 2020, Oakland County Sheriff Deputies responded to the newly constructed Scarlet’s Playground, which is located inside Dodge Park #5 at 4380 S. Commerce Road. The project manager had arrived at the playground and was told the play structure had been vandalized by someone using bolt cutters between May 18th at 4:00pm and May 19th at 9:00am.
When the foreman for the construction project arrived at the location on Tuesday morning, they noticed the temporary chain link fence was shut, but the zip tie had been cut-off. The foreman walked around the property and discovered metal clamps had been cut which had held up a display sign with sign language for children. Two other metal links were cut which connected a ladder to the structure. There were attempts to cut through a railing which connected a ramp to the playground. It appears the bolt cutters may have been left behind by a construction crew member.
“I find it reprehensible any individual would destroy Scarlet’s Playground which was specifically built to allow children regardless of their challenges to have the ability to play,” said Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. “I encourage anyone with information on this incident to speak-up so we can hold the person accountable for their cruel actions.”
If anyone has information regarding this Malicious Destruction of Property, please call Crime Stoppers at (800) SPEAK-UP. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and you will remain anonymous.
Scarlet’s Playground is being funded through the nonprofit organization called Scarlet’s Smile. Scarlet’s Smile is a 501(C)(3) organization named after a 6-year-old little girl from Commerce Township, named Scarlet, who is fighting a battle with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Scarlet’s Playground will be an 18,000 square foot barrier-free playground which will be inclusive for all children regardless of their abilities.
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