Bryce Davis Park fire under investigation

Vandals are likely the cause of a fire at Bryce Davis Park in Fayetteville last Monday, say officials.

The late night fire damaged parts of the construction site of a new park restroom and destroyed roofing panels, timbers and various other construction materials that were waiting to be installed.

The restroom was to cost $176,000 and was set to be complete in March but officials no longer have a projected completion date.

Destroyed construction materials

“Since the roof panels will have to be replaced, we will wait on the contractor to let us know the expected arrival date from the manufacturer and then adjust the project completion date according to these findings,” said Parks and Recreation Director Connie Edmonston.

The contractor, Alpha Builders Corporation, is inventorying the loss with its insurance company, she added.

Aside from the damaged materials, the restroom’s concrete blocks that had already been installed will need some repair and the building’s vents will have to be replaced.

“The vandals also tried to get into the contractor’s locked pod, but were unsuccessful,” said Edmonston.

The dog park which is planned for the site located at 1595 N. Dartmouth Ave. will not be delayed and the pavilions donated by Ozark Natural Foods were virtually undamaged, said Edmonston.

The fire is currently under investigation. Anyone with any information regarding the fire and vandalization should notify the Fayetteville Police Department at 587-3555.

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