Volunteers work to protect Counterbalance Park against graffiti

Posted on April 12th, 2010 by master


Volunteers got together over the weekend at Counterbalance Park, at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Roy St, to work to better protect the park against vandalism.

Counterbalance Park was vandalized overnight back in February, when both concrete walls of the “urban park” were covered with red lettering almost 15 feet high. Alex Braun, the manager of The Willis condos that border the north wall of the park and the Barclay Court business building to the east, was able to remove the majority of the tags the next day.

However, because the park walls were only sealed up to 11 feet, it took another three weeks and a graffiti specialist to remove the final traces.

On Saturday morning a handful of volunteers brought paint, rollers, ladders and snacks to the park, where they painted the top half of both walls with a protective seal and then another coat of matching gray paint on top of that, in the hopes of protecting the park against future acts of vandalism.


24 responses to “Volunteers work to protect Counterbalance Park against graffiti”

  1. Alex says:

    I was happy to see that … But unless you go there at night the Counterbalance Park is still a gray dreary place. Luckily its main design features intended to keep the homeless from moving have worked, so I guess its a success ?

  2. Alex says:

    I was happy to see that … But unless you go there at night the Counterbalance Park is still a gray dreary place. Luckily its main design features intended to keep the homeless from moving have worked, so I guess its a success ?

  3. gvanderleun says:

    It was actually more inviting as a pebbled parking lot. Got the homeless to move on? Excellent. Spread the bums and the drunks out.

    This was an abomination from the planning stages. It was never inviting and it never will be inviting. It will invite only more and more tags. It's a graffiti vandals dream surface.

    I hope those “volunteers” unionize because they will be doing this again and again and again.

  4. gvanderleun says:

    It was actually more inviting as a pebbled parking lot. Got the homeless to move on? Excellent. Spread the bums and the drunks out.

    This was an abomination from the planning stages. It was never inviting and it never will be inviting. It will invite only more and more tags. It's a graffiti vandals dream surface.

    I hope those “volunteers” unionize because they will be doing this again and again and again.

  5. John DeRosa says:

    The worst park in Seattle. A joke, abomination, and complete debacle.

    Graffiti might have made it interesting. If no graffiti, then how about turning it into a garbage dump?

  6. John DeRosa says:

    The worst park in Seattle. A joke, abomination, and complete debacle.

    Graffiti might have made it interesting. If no graffiti, then how about turning it into a garbage dump?

  7. gregx says:

    That park is a failure. It's noisy because of all the traffic, and will never be a relaxing place to spend time. However this makes it an ideal location for a skatepark. Good skateparks don't have problems with homeless.

  8. gregx says:

    That park is a failure. It's noisy because of all the traffic, and will never be a relaxing place to spend time. However this makes it an ideal location for a skatepark. Good skateparks don't have problems with homeless.

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