City Freeway Park Hit Hard By Taggers
posted by April 9 at 16:47 PMon
7th & Seneca
Since the beginning of the year, the Seattle Parks Department has seen a drastic increase in graffiti at Freeway Park.
Between April and December 2007, the Parks Department only received 15 complaints about graffiti in the park, but in the last four months, they’ve been called out 40 times do deal with tagging.
Parks Department Spokeswoman Dewey Potter says Freeway Park isn’t the only park to see an increase in graffiti and the city’s cleanup crews are having trouble keeping up. “In the last year or so, [there has] been about 100 percent overall increase [in graffiti], ” Potter says. “We asked for some extra staff to work on [graffiti] in this years budget and didn’t get it.”
While Parks didn’t get extra money to deal with graffiti cleanup, the city has, in typical Seattle fashion, formed a task force—staffed by Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Department of Transportation, Parks, and Seattle City Light employees—to look at city-wide graffiti trends and talk to other cities about graffiti in the hopes of finding a way to remove tags within 24 hours. Right now, it takes Parks about a week to remove graffiti.
The first task force meeting is tomorrow.
When asked whether the city is planning to open any legal graffiti walls, Potter says she hasn’t heard anything specific, but thinks it’s unlikely. “I don’t know that there’s much warmth to the idea,” she says.
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