La Conner skate park tagged with racist graffiti – La Conner Weekly News

In a community where good art is valued and great art revered, racist graffiti has no place.

Especially when the place in question is as public as the popular skate park on the La Conner Schools Campus at the end of North Sixth Street and the offensive markings appear on Thanksgiving Day.

It’s a bad combination all around.

Profanity and images painted in yellow and white greeted young people on skates and scooters who gathered at the park’s cement bowl to enjoy the start of a five-day Thanksgiving break after school.

The scene, which should have been festive, reflected a darker vibe instead. Fear, anger and disgust prevailed.

“It makes me think we shouldn’t be here because we’re kids,” student Eric Whitehead said, among a dozen people at the park on Friday afternoon.

“The n-word is a very bad word.”

Others expressed similar sentiments, with some saying the disturbing graffiti made them less inclined to visit the park again.

The city’s public works manager, Brian Lease, had begun the laborious task of trying to remove the Thanksgiving graffiti soon after its discovery.

“Brian came on Thanksgiving Day and worked for hours to get what he could,” Mayor Ramon Hayes told The Weekly News. “I’m sure Public Works will follow up in the morning. ”

Still, there didn’t seem to be an easy solution.

“I went to the skate park on Friday,” said La Conner town planning commissioner and elected member of city council Rick Dole, who resides on nearby Tillinghast Drive. “The graffiti was still there. It looked like someone had tried pressure washing him, but if he did, it was unsuccessful. ”

Additional evidence of senseless vandalism was discovered a short distance on the north side of La Conner Elementary School, opposite the Braves baseball complex and athletic training grounds.

Someone had chosen this spot, on a covered concrete entrance, to urinate.

Areas at the north end of town, including the town’s public works building and the school bus barn, have been the target of vandalism and break-ins since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring 2020. Even the big oak tree north of the skate park, which is known for its beautifully colored fall leaves, was targeted by graffiti taggers last year.

The latest paint job left locals of all ages feeling especially blue.

Student Landon Stevens, whose lineage runs through the pioneer Peth family, may have said it best.

“It’s not so,” he said, “the way La Conner should be portrayed.”

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