July 17, 2014 10:41 am

Assiniboine Park gets Nature Playground ‘Skittles’ back

Children play among the 'Skittles' and hills in the Nature Playground at Assiniboine Park. Three of the big round balls were stolen Monday night and returned Wednesday.

Assiniboine Park Conservancy / Global News

WINNIPEG – The big, colourful rubber balls that went missing from Assiniboine Park’s children’s playground have been returned.

Three of the balls, nicknamed Skittles by park staff, went missing on Monday night. The balls weigh as much as 150 kilograms and how they were removed from the fenced and gated Nature Playground was a mystery, communications manager Laura Cabak said Wednesday.

READ MORE: Thieves nab ‘Skittles’ play feature from Assiniboine Park playground

Park security and police were tipped off about the whereabouts of the Skittles and police returned them Wednesday night, an email from Cabak said Thursday morning.

“They appear to be in good condition and will be re-installed in the Nature Playground as soon as possible,” Cabak said in the email.

She credited “the overwhelming response from both media and the public” with the successful recovery of the play features.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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