Taggers vandalize Burien Annex and Skatepark over weekend; reward offered
Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services is reporting that vandals tagged both the Annex and Skatepark last weekend (Oct. 12-13).
“We’re still in the process of assessing the cost of damages, for example, obtaining quotes for replacement of the damaged basketball backboards, downspout repairs, etc.,” said Michael Lafreniere, Executive Director of Burien Parks. ”I had a parks maintenance staff member spend a day and a half working on painting over what he could on the building. The skatepark will be serviced today (Wednesday, Oct. 16) by our graffiti maintenance contractor, CleanScapes.”
“We pay $15,000/year on a basic graffiti removal service contract for 11 different playgrounds and the skatepark. In addition to that, nearly half the time of our one full-time parks maintenance worker is spent just dealing with the graffiti and vandalism problems that are outside the scope of that contract, which more and more is taking him away from just doing basic maintenance of our parks and facilities. It’s a problem that continues to get worse.
“To my knowledge, the Sheriff’s Office has no leads at the present time. We are examining whether there may be video from security cameras, however some of the cameras in the area were also damaged and stolen.”
A reward is being offered, and here are some pics of the damage courtesy Burien Parks (click images to see larger versions; or view a full set here):
“Burien Parks is asking for tips and offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible,” reads an announcement. “Anyone with information that can help identify the individual(s) responsible is asked to call King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).”
Tips can also be entered online at www.CrimeStoppers.com.