WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Wallingford police are investigating a suspicious fire at a local playground, which they are calling intentional.

Lynn Bellucci is a mother of two who says she’s enjoyed bringing her children to the same park she grew up going to. But, after this weekend’s arson at Doolittle Park, she’s having second thoughts.

“I can’t imagine what would the motive for them to do this,” Bellucci said.

Wallingford police say the incident happened around 11 p.m. on Saturday. When crews arrived, the playscape was fully engulfed and two smaller fires were set inside a nearby porta-potty and on the basketball court.

Charred metal and running paint is pretty much all that was left behind at the playground. Police say they know who is responsible.

“Two juveniles,” said Officer Alex Torres, Wallingford Police Department. “There is video and there is strong investigative leads.”

Officer Alex Torres says the suspects are believed to be high schoolers. He says police are seeing an uptick in juvenile complaints this year.

“Maybe about 60 more in 2022 than there were in 2021, and these juveniles are people from the community that go to high school or the middle schools that we would like to have a good rapport and relationship with,” Torres said.

Tara Bradford is a mother of three who hopes the teens get the help they might need.

“I don’t think we’re born with these ideas to just be malicious and to destroy property in places where families make lots of memories,” Bradford said. “So, I think that the kids who did this, or the people that did this, really probably need someone to talk to.”

“We encourage them to, obviously, come forward and turn themselves in because, if not, we will come know on their door and get them,” Torres said.