Update 12:13 p.m.:
Seattle police say that 40 to 50 youths partying at Gas Works Park late Monday night are believed to be responsible for nearly $8,000 worth of damage.
The department’s graffiti detective is trying to identify the people responsible for spray-painted graffiti on walls, machinery and picnic benches, according to a department news release. A spokeswoman for Seattle Parks and Recreation said the bulk of the damage was done inside the play barn.
Officers were called to the park around 10:45 p.m. for a report of a large group partying in the park, the news release said. The youths scattered when they saw officers, leaving behind a large amount of open alcohol containers and the graffiti.
Anyone with information is asked to call Graffiti Detective Chris Young at 206-684-5534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vandals struck Gas Works Park last night, causing what one official said is some of the worst graffiti vandalism they’ve seen at the popular North Seattle waterfront park.
Joelle Hammerstad, spokeswoman for Seattle Parks and Recreation, said all other painting projects by parks staff have been put on hold to send crews up to the park to paint over the graffiti. She said vandalism removal experts with the parks department are also there. The bulk of the damage, she said, is graffiti inside the play barn.
“It’s the worst we’ve seen it in one place,” Hammerstad said. “We found out about it this morning.”
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