CLAYVILLE — The mayor of Clayville is asking for the public's help after vandals destroyed a playground at a village park recently.

Officials don't know exactly when the vandalism at Nancy Sheppard Memorial Park on Oneida Street occurred, but believe it was in the last two or three weeks.

"They destroyed our very expensive playset and we now have to close the park because of the damage," Mayor Terry Dote said.

Dote says the playground equipment was damaged to the point that it may be a "total loss" for insurance purposes. The village still is in the process of having the damage assessed, but Dote said they're estimating a minimum of $7,500 worth of damage.

"These were bigger kids, whoever did it," he added. "They jumped up and down and actually broke the steel stairs."

The vandals, whether kids or adults, also damaged other pieces of the play structure, including burning a hole in the side of a tunnel. They also smashed picnic tables in the park and uprooted trash cans that were attached to fixed footings, Dote said.

The mayor is asking anyone with information about who caused the damage to call the Oneida County Sheriff's Office.

"We're going to be pursuing charges if we ever find out who did it," he said.