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PHOTOS: Dwight Merkel BMX park vandalized over the weekend

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

By Riley Sine

The Spokane BMX park at Dwight Merkel Sports Complex was hit by a vandalism attack over the weekend.

The attack happened some time between Saturday at 10 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. The alleged thieves broke a window in the trailer that serves as the park’s office and proceeded to loot it, stealing energy drinks, candy bars, park T-shirts, and what little cash was on hand in the trailer.

Along with the break-in, they graffitied the trailer, spray-painting an anarchy symbol, a rather distinctive eye logo and the phrase “life is a tool.” Authorities found similar graffiti on other buildings in Dwight Merkel, including a soccer shed, a softball building, and the skate park.

The park is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers, so the money that will have to be spent on repairs ultimately takes away from the riders that use the park.

“It’s just a fun place to bring friends and family, and to have that happen is just kinda a kick in the butt ‘cause it’s all volunteers who come out here and spend time and energy to make this decent for kids to enjoy,” said Jason Allen, one of the many biking enthusiasts who volunteer their time at the park.

Park officials say they haven’t been able to establish a motive, especially given the low value of the items stolen, and it does not appear that anyone related to the track is connected to the attack.

They also said the attack is particularly disheartening because it comes so close to the upcoming Lumberjack Nationals races, a USA BMX event that will take place the week of August 17th. It is also the first incident to occur in the park’s seven-year history.

A police report has been filed, and authorities were able to pull prints from the damaged office. If you have any information with regards to who is responsible for the break-in, please call Crime Check (509-456-2233).

Several people have reached out to us asking if there is a way for them to donate to the park and help offset the cost of repairs. Park volunteers said that anyone interested can reach out to them on the park’s Go Fund Me page

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