The event was postponed, however, because of rainy and chilly weather, the mayor said.
Given the rain and the "very muddy" area around the playground, the dedication ceremony has been moved to the spring, Officer Jason Neidig, a spokesperson for the Aberdeen Police Department, stated in an email Monday morning.
New playground equipment should be installed in Aberdeen's Victory Park by the end of this month to replace equipment destroyed in an arson fire. Mayor and council postpone voting on election ties charter amendment, will be on special council meeting agenda Nov. 14.
The four juveniles who set the fire faced punishment through the juvenile justice system, according to police.
The loss of the playground equipment was estimated at more than $80,000.
The city's property and liability insurer, the Local Government Insurance Trust, covered everything except a $5,000 deductible, according to McGrady.
Donations poured in from the community after the fire. City Manager Randy Robertson, who estimated $5,500 to $6,000 had been donated, said the money will be used to build a water fountain in Victory Park.
City officials discussed with Aberdeen Proving Ground commanders after the fire the potential donation of used playground equipment from APG's Edgewood Area to replace the destroyed equipment, but city leaders determined it would be easier to purchase new equipment.
McGrady noted city staff would have had to dismantle the donated equipment on site, remove sections of the surrounding fence to get it out and then restore the fencing.
Harford County’s “Choose Civility” campaign kicked off with a breakfast event at the Water’s Edge Events Center in Belcamp on Wednesday.
"It just made more sense to get a playground company to install a new playground," the mayor said.