Sefton Council are shocked and disheartened by a spate of vandalism in Killen Green Park, Netherton.
Officers discovered more than 13 trees had been severely damaged with some even set on fire.
Contractors were also called to carry out repair work to the Killen Green skate park after vandals set a wheelie bin on fire, causing further damage.
Cllr Trish Hardy, Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, has condemned the vandalism. She said: “Not only is this extremely disappointing for us, it ruins it for genuine park users and we hope the public feel our frustration over this stupid act of destruction.
“It’s such a pity as local volunteers have been doing some great work in the park of late to make sure it looks its best.
“The site was recently highly commended by judges during the Green Flag Awards in June and we’ve had a lot of feedback from residents about how lovely the park is.
“As always we will continue to work closely with the police and other partners to discourage further acts of vandalism and if anybody has any specific information about this, please contact Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Merseyside Police Community Inspector Ian Jones said: “Vandalism such as this is not a victimless crime. This is a valued and much loved park, the enjoyment of which has been spoiled by these mindless acts.
“We are maximising our resources in the area with partner agencies and will use all of our joint powers to take any necessary action against those responsible.
“We are very keen to speak to anyone who may have information that can help us identify those responsible and would urge anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the park on Wednesday and Thursday to contact us. We would also appeal to any parents whose child was out on those days and returned home with clothes smelling of smoke to get in touch.