PHOTOS: More graffiti, vandalism committed in Burien parks over weekend

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Burien Parks is reporting another round of graffiti and vandalism has hit our parks – this time at the Annex, Dottie Harper Park (including its historic sculpture by artist Richard Beyer, as well as trees), Town Square Park and Linde Hill Park – over this last weekend (Oct. 19-20).

Here are some pics of the damage (click images to see larger version, or view the full set here):













“Burien Parks is asking for tips and offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible,” said Department Director Michael Lafreniere.

Anyone with information that can help identify the individuals 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 submitted online at

If anyone should see suspicious activity in a park after hours, call 911 immediately.

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13 Responses to “PHOTOS: More graffiti, vandalism committed in Burien parks over weekend”
  1. Debbi says:

    Doesn’t the Sheriffs Dept have a list of identifying Tags and who they belong to? I would think there is a Data Base somewhere with the Gang unit . I am so tired of people ruining our private and public properties . It looks like a ghetto and is an embarrassment to our community.What is the penalty if caught? I am hoping making the offenders clean the graffiti up and a fine to either them or their parents if they are minors

    • ATKMH says:

      If caught, they can be charged with Malicious Mischief, a criminal offense. And yes, the Gang Unit does keep a log of Gang related graffiti.

      • Debbi says:

        Thanks ATKMH I would hope they track these losers down , give them cleaning supplies and take pictures as they clean it up . Then Paste their mugs on the Burien Blog

  2. Lisa B. says:

    OMG, these people need to be dipped head first in a Honey Bucket. That’s just awful, and very elaborate graffiti – it must have taken quite a while for them to do. The city and homeowners have to stay on top of cleaning it up or it will get worse. Easier said than done.

  3. TcB says:

    Time to register spray paint like pseudo-ephedrine. Can we do this in the city limits? Good question. Thanks, I’ll bring it up with the council. Oh, they read this? Let’s see if we can make it happen, at least for our city.

  4. marty says:

    They need to catch these punks and hit their parents with the cost of cleaning this spam up.
    If they are adults they need to be prosecuted and fined.
    I can’t believe that someone did not see them doing this. SHAME on them for not calling the police.
    The city should post a reward for anyone that rats out on these punks.
    That might generate some arrests.

  5. Dale says:

    What is the difference between graffiti and political yard signs?

    • ATKMH says:

      Good one Dale..!!!

    • marty says:

      If you don’t know the difference Dale then you are part of the problem not part of the solution. Gang tagging is the first warning sign of an inevitable increase in crime city wide.
      It needs to be nipped in the bud before it can spread any further. If we tolerate this kind of behavior we are asking for more trouble.

  6. dj says:

    the people responsible need to be run out of town

  7. Nathan says:

    There are a number of ways issues like this can be addressed, and it seems like most of the ones going around are either ineffective or just as destructive as the graffiti itself.

    What we need is a community program to get these -children- off of the streets, into classrooms and painting on paper or designing murals instead of tagging. With a small amount of funding one or two supervisors could meet once a week and provide these kids with a safe environment to express themselves constructively. Pass out leaflets, post a few posters…

    • shari says:

      Interesting idea. That they want to be constructive, I mean. I’m actually not being sarcastic. I had assumed destructive –and not sanctioned–was the point.

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