Vandalism in Lake Stevens prompts city to install cameras

Park bathrooms have been the main targets. The mayor hopes surveillance and watchful citizens will be deterrents.

LAKE STEVENS — Ongoing vandalism in Lake Stevens parks and public spaces has prompted the city to install security cameras, and officials are asking the community to report suspicious activity.

“It’s not just material costs, but it costs Public Works time,” Lake Stevens Mayor Brett Gailey said.

Sites like the bathrooms at Lundeen Park have been the main targets.

“In the women’s bathrooms, we’re going to be on the fourth time this year having to scrape and repaint,” Gailey said.

Vandalism has also been a frequent occurrence at the North Cove Park project where, Gailey said, the construction site is vandalized “every couple of days.”

Gailey said the addition of cameras, and more people using the parks, could help deter vandalism.

The city is hiring seasonal workers to maintain the outdoor spaces throughout the summer and seeking volunteers to help with small projects such as cleanup, planting, weeding and event assistance.

Those interested in a seasonal job can reach out to Anya Warrington, human resources director, at 425-622-9419 or awarrington@lakestevenswa.gov, and those interested in volunteering can contact Jill Meis, parks planning and development coordinator, at 425-622-9431 or jmeis@lakestevenswa.gov.

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