Cleaning Up Graffiti Across the City - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Cleaning Up Graffiti Across the City

SPOKANE, Wash. - You've seen graffiti on parks and street corners across the city and the community is continuing to do their part to get rid of it.

On Thursday volunteers from Spokane Community College's Service Learning Club painting over tagged areas like buildings, railings and pillars with a fresh coat of paint at the Skate Park Under the Freeway.

Graffiti Abatement Coordinator Eric Walker said the Skate Park on Stevens is one of the worst spots for tagging in the area which he said leads to crime and other problems in the area. Despite that nearly the entire park is spackled with spray paint, Walker said it is illegal to have any graffiti inside the skate park.

"Well, I think it's good to beautify the bad graffiti, the profane graffiti but in there, I think it looks good," volunteer Jeremy Meltingtallow said.

Volunteers also painted over graffiti that marred a newly completed mural at Fishlake Trail. Vandals spray painted it shortly after the mural was completed.

Walker said volunteers will be cleaning up more of areas throughout the summer.

Paint and other paint materials were donated by Ziggy's and Habitat For Humanity.

VOLUNTEERING TO GANG UP AGAINST GRAFFITI:

In light of the growing number of people asking what they can do about graffiti in their neighborhood, Walker said he is now looking for volunteers to help keep an area they live in, or an area they'd like to "adopt", be graffiti-free. The program aims to improve awareness and actively engage citizens in graffiti prevention and removal. If you would like to volunteer or learn more about the program, call 509-835-45176 or email graffiti@spokanesheriff.org.

RESOURCES:

To report graffiti: call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.

Email photos of the vandalism - with locations - to graffiti@spokanesheriff.org.

 

LIST OF NEIGHBORHOODS WITH HIGHEST GRAFFITI REPORTS:

Riverside (downtown corridor) - 75

Nevawood - 73

Emerson-Garfield - 54

West Central - 53

East Central - 18

Northwest - 17

Hillyard - 13

Lincoln Heights - 13

North Hill - 13

Cliff Cannon - 10

Logan - 9

Chief Garry Park - 7

Whitman - 6

Bemiss - 4

Latah Valley - 4

Southgate - 3

Brownes Addition - 2

Peaceful Valley - 2

Rockwood - 2

North Indian Trail - 1

West Hills - 1

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