05/08/2013 02:21 EDT | Updated 07/08/2013 05:12 EDT

Malvern playground destroyed by fire will be rebuilt

Canadian Tire will pay to rebuild the Mary Shadd Public School kindergarten playground that burned to the ground earlier this week.

The fire department arrived to the playground in flames around 9 p.m. Monday night.

It took the Malvern community five years to raise $20,000 to create the play area.

"It's especially important, especially in a priority neighbourhood that we focus so much on opportunities for young people," Scarborough Rouge River trustee Shaun Chen said.

The company said it will contribute $20,000 in corporate donations and a $2,000 contribution from local store dealer Stephen Grand. New sports equipment, including soccer balls, hockey sticks and nets will also be given to the school.

"Unfortunately we've seen a few things like these happen. Last year there was an incident in Quebec, another one at High Park and we really think it's important kids have a safe place to play in their own community," said Landon French, vice-president of Sports Partnerships, Canadian Tire.