On February 6, 2024, at 12:46 am, Boise Fire responded to a large playground fire on the 5000 block of N. Eugene St. Fire crews extinguished the fire, which resulted in a total loss of the playground equipment. Following an initial investigation by a Boise City Fire Investigator, evidence indicates the fire was set intentionally. Boise Police Officers were called to the scene around 1:30 a.m. to begin an arson investigation. Detectives are continuing to canvass the area for additional evidence and video.
“This is a very disappointing situation, and we are working closely with Boise Police, Boise Fire, and the city’s Risk and Safety team on next steps,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway. “The playground is insured, but we anticipate the clean-up and costs to replace the equipment will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
Boise Parks and Recreation will keep the community updated on a timeline for replacement of the playground at Castle Hills Park as next steps are determined.
Anyone with information is asked to call dispatch at 208-377-6790 or Crime Stoppers: at 208-343-COPS (2677), www.343COPS.com, or leave a tip using the “P3 Tips” app for your mobile device.