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‘Pretty devastated’: Calgary small business asks for stolen portable playground back

‘Pretty devastated’: Calgary small business asks for stolen portable playground back

‘Pretty devastated’: Calgary small business asks for stolen portable playground back

Simon Nash spent days scrambling to clean up and collect extra children’s play equipment after thieves made off with a custom-made portable playground.

Security footage shows a black Dodge Ram pickup truck towing a silver trailer away from a warehouse area in northeast Calgary shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The children’s playground was overcrowded inside the trailer and was gone when staff arrived at the warehouse later that day.

“(The trailer) disappeared and I had to rack my brain for a minute or two to think where it could be and I realized it had been stolen and it was our playground, already loaded up for an event the next morning,” Simon said.

Simon and Marija Nash are the co-owners of Sprog and Sprocket and rent out the playground and other children’s equipment for events and birthdays.

Stampede season and summer are some of the busiest times of the year.

“It was a special playground because it appealed to a very wide audience, so we were happy to set it up,” Marija said.

“We were about to do a lot of Stampede events. It’s perfect for the community events and markets that are held.”

Sprog and Sprocket staff are now cleaning up and collecting similar playground equipment from storage to take to some of the booked events, but the setups will be very different without the slide and ball pit.

The couple designed and had the portable playpen made seven years ago this week.

The trailer and equipment are covered by insurance, but Simon says it would take months to redo the structure, meaning they would miss the busy Stampede season.

“We are pretty devastated by the disappearance of the playground, but anyone who knows me knows that I always try to make something positive out of something negative. I’m sure something good will come out of this,” he said.

Calgary Police are investigating and urge anyone with information to contact them at 403-266-1234.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.