Rodgers Park defaced by graffiti

The tennis courts at Rodgers Park are currently littered with graffiti. A concerned neighbor reported the graffiti to the City’s Graffiti Report department of Seattle Public Utilities, and writes in to let readers know how to do the same when encountering graffiti in the neighborhood.

The city’s Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance requires property owners to remove graffiti in a timely manner. You can visit the website to report directly. You can also volunteer to be part of cleanup efforts in our neighborhood.

According to the Graffiti Ordinance, owners have ten days from notification to get the graffiti cleaned up.

City asks how it’s doing with graffiti response?

Graffiti vandalism on both public and private property has been a large and ongoing discussion in Queen Anne and citywide, especially recently.  Though not everyone can agree on how vandalism should be handled, most do agree that the issue is an important one that affects many residents, business owners and local organizations on a daily basis. The City of Seattle joined in on the discussion this week, asking community members to let them know how they’re doing in terms of graffiti response.

Photo of graffiti watch group on Queen Anne Ave N. in April 2010.

City Councilmembers Tim Burgess and Tom Rasmussen have asked the Office of City Auditor to review and evaluate the current response to graffiti and then make recommendations to the Mayor and the City Council. As part of the review process, the City Auditor has come up with a ten-question survey asking community members if graffiti (both public and private) is an issue for them, how often their property has been marked with graffiti and what improvements can be made in the city’s graffiti response.

Residents interested in participating may follow this link to the questionnaire, which will be open until Monday, May 10.

Need a review of the graffiti issues citywide? Check out the collaborative project between the Seattle Times and many neighborhood blogs around town.