Vandals destroy plumbing at comfort stations in Leschi Park and Madrona Park

During the evening of July 4, vandals set explosives in the comfort stations in Leschi Park and Madrona Park, destroying the toilets and plumbing and spreading fecal matter throughout the interiors.

Park crews have shut down these stations and are beginning repairs which will take several days.

The vandals took the toilets out and shattered them with explosives, then set explosives down into the bases where the toilets sat to spread the feces.

A contamination/cleanup staff person was hard at work on July 6 with de-contamination equipment so that other crews can repair the plumbing and re-paint the interiors later.

Port-a-potties are in place in Leschi Park and Madrona.

Apparently, Police policy is not to publicize this kind of event for fear that there will be copycats. ¬†Unfortunately, there events are fairly widespread in Central Area parks — including Pratt Park, Judkins Park and Powell Barnett Parks. ¬†To me, this is a failed policy and avoids the issue that the care and security of our parks are inadequately funded.