I am writing to share some unfortunate news concerning the playground at St. Matthew’s.

Early this morning, vandals lit fire to the playground climbing equipment and as a result of the fire, the equipment was almost completely destroyed.

The equipment is owned by the City of Waterloo, and a crew has removed portions of the structure, with the remaining pieces now secured behind fencing to ensure the safety of our students and the broader community.

Vandalism of this nature and extent is a very serious crime, and the Waterloo Regional Police Service is actively investigating the circumstances.

If you have any information that may help lead police to the responsible individuals, please immediately call Waterloo Regional Police at 519-570-9777 and quote Occurrence Number WA18199364.

We will keep you posted on any plans by the City of Waterloo regarding repair/replacement of the equipment.

Thank you for your understanding and support.