The city of Independence Parks and Recreation Department director said the Bundschu Park playground equipment that was destroyed due to arson will be replaced in August.

On May 12, the “entire playground structure” at Bundschu Park, at 11400 E. Ninth Street in Independence, was burned to the ground. Independence Police and Fire have said the fire was caused by arson and it is still being investigated.

There are no suspects, according to Independence Police public information officer Tom Gentry.

Independence Parks and Recreation director Eric Urfer said his department is waiting on a proposal by vendors, as well as budget scenarios, for replacement playground equipment at the park. He added that he is seeking playground equipment that is similiar in size and scope, plus providing the same play value as the past equipment.

“Suffice to say these kinds of parts and pieces (of playground equipment) can’t be found at the local hardware store,” Urfer said about why his Parks and Recreation department has to go through a special vendor to find similar playground equipment as before.

He also said the $10,000 worth of playground equipment damage from the fire that police estimated was “incorrect.”

“It’s more than $50,000 to $60,000 (worth of damage).”

Urfer said citizens should expect to see new playground equipment at Bundschu Park by August.