Residents and businesses in Wanstead raised over £5,000 this month to restore the children’s playground on Christ Church Green, which was partially damaged by a fire on 2 April.
“Our much-loved and much-used playground was struck by vandals. An arson attack destroyed the tables used by parents, friends and children. The money raised will be given directly to Vision RCL, which manages the site, to cover the cost of new seating. Any surplus will be donated to the Wanstead Fringe,” said Paul Canal, who launched the fundraising campaign.
Two new picnic benches have since been ordered.
“Due to a number of factors, the delivery of items such as benches is taking longer than usual, but we hope to have the play area’s safety surface repaired in the coming weeks,” said a Vision RCL spokesperson.
Police have increased their patrols in the area as a result of the incident.