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Arsons in parks under investigation in Appleton

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - A string of arsons in parks has Appleton police investigating.

Police say the fires set in pavilion bathrooms and other park property have been ongoing for several months. But in the past week, cops say they have become more frequent and more severe.

Two east side parks were damaged on Monday. At Hoover Park, 600 E. Roeland Avenue, someone tried to start picnic tables on fire, damaging the tables. Meantime at Colony Oaks Park, 801 N. Briarcliff Drive, a garbage can was set ablaze, destroying it and damaging the support structure on the park's pavilion.

Anyone who has information about the arsons or sees anything suspicious in Appleton parks is asked to call Officer Lehman at (920) 832-5500. Anonymous tips can also be sent by text message to 274637 with the keyword APDTIPS at the start of the message.