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Neighbors want action against park graffiti

March 26th, 2016 by Mike

We do have a mural in the park, but also:

“Speaking of art in the park, how about the new 3 graffiti tags on the hitting wall, on the river stones on SE corner, and one stone on path outward to 88th? ‘GI’ is the tag. Kind of a bummer,” says Jarvis  on our previous post.

On the same post, An Observer says: “I have seen an uptick in tagging along Northgate Way, and Lake City Way close to Nathan Hale. Seems every five years or so a new crop of taggers comes along only to be otherwise engaged (jail, work, or adult responsibilities) soon enough.”

And over at Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf, Grace is leading the charge:

I am so sick of seeing graffiti on everything now. Idiots tagged one of the beautiful rocks at the north entrance of the park that leads to 12th. The more we get used to graffiti the more it will proliferate.

Before I wait around for city officials to clean up graffiti I’m ready to do it myself to get rid of it before more people get ideas. I’m happy to try to clean off that rock if anybody can suggest to me what I can get that will do it.

And she’s getting support, from these and eight other responses:

I would happily offer up some elbow grease, i.e. join in on efforts to clean it up, just name the time this weekend and I should be able to be there. I agree with the comments about being persistent with getting rid of it; if left it looks like no one cares it is there. Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point has a fascinating chapter all about graffiti – best way to combat it is quickly and consistently remove it.

I have a hand held water jet cleaner. Works quite well for cleaning rough surfaces. If you get your hand in front of the pinpoint stream you can draw blood and much language.. Is the approximate address NE 89th and 12th Ave NE ?

Here’s the best way to report graffiti at the park.

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New at Maple Leaf Park’s north entrance today

July 9th, 2015 by Mike

New at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park’s north entrance this morning.

Also, (most of) the graffiti is gone.

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This morning at Maple Leaf park

July 5th, 2015 by Mike

Debris field.

Also, more graffiti. (To report, 206-684-7250.)

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And still more graffiti at the park

July 2nd, 2015 by Mike

Yes, the graffiti from the weekend is still there as well.

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More graffiti at the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

June 29th, 2015 by Mike

Graffiti at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park this weekend.

It’s not the first time this hitting wall has been tagged.

Here’s the best way to report graffiti at the park.

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Four photos from Maple Leaf this week

April 30th, 2015 by Mike

Familiar scene. Anything different?

Glad it’s not me!

After Wednesday night’s meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council executive board, the council posted this on its Facebook page. “Some of the initial architectural designs for the new building on the Waldo Hospital site.” This view looks east from Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

It’s still there.

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More tagging at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

April 12th, 2015 by Mike

This morning at the park. Thanks to John Wolff for cleaning up the last graffiti – and giving directions for how he did it.

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Evil doings at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

March 21st, 2015 by Mike

This morning the east side of upper Maple Leaf Reservoir Park looks like a crowd of drunken golfers left huge divots in the turf.

Dozens of them.


Also, somebody tagged the fence at the north entrance.

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Good – GREAT – news, and bad

January 18th, 2015 by Mike

Super Congratulations from Maple Leaf Life and the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis.

On the bad news end, this showed up at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park over the weekend. (And it’s not the first time.)

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Bad news this morning at Maple Leaf Park

May 30th, 2014 by Mike

The hitting wall still smelled of fresh spray paint at 9 a.m.

The other side is marked, too: “Bitch.”

(Somebody has rubbed out the “B” – thanks!

(The southeast staircase is marked, too.)

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