Clive celebrates the reopening of Stonegate Park playground after arson

Clive reopens a new and improved playground that was destroyed by arson last year.

According to the city’s website, the Stonegate Park playground reopened in late May, but the city will celebrate the reopening on Monday, June 17 at 4:30 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and ice cream social.

Ice cream treats are free for the first 200 attendees, courtesy of the new Fareway on Hickman Road in Clive, according to the city’s website.

On August 17, 2023, a fire destroyed the main play structure. Investigation ruled that the fire was arson.

“The support of the community was essential to the rebuilding of the playground,” said CliveMayor John Edwards in a press release.

Edwards said the new, more accessible playground was designed using public feedback collected through a survey.

Clive City Council approved the design in March.

Jeff Lucas, recreation manager for the city’s parks and recreation department, said in an email that the new playground will cost $300,000.

Lucas said the city used $200,000 that had been set aside to replace the playground in the future and postponed some other projects for a year. The insurance money covered the remaining $100,000.

The city had offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest or conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fire, but Lucas said on June 13 that no arrests had been made.

Phillip Sitter covers the western suburbs for the Des Moines Register. Phillip can be reached via email at [email protected] or on X, formerly known as Twitter, at @pslifeisabeauty.