SPOKANE, Wash. -- Before staff at Riverfront Park could even finish cleaning a mess left by pranksters on the night before Christmas, another one of its kind showed up on Spokane’s South Hill.
Some park employees cut their holiday break short to clean up picnic tables at Riverfront. Vandals stacked them to look like a Christmas tree, tinsel and all, on Christmas Eve. Park goers found them collapsed the next day.
“Having to call people in on Christmas morning-- For one of my crew members, it’s her first year with her new baby. That pulls at your heart when you have to pull people away from their family for something that was meant to be a prank,” David Randolph, Riverfront Park Labor Foreman, said.
More tables were found at Manito Park on Dec. 26. The stacked pyramid under a pavilion was blocked off to park-goers to keep them safe.
Park staff says the growing number of incidents means more money out of taxpayers’ pockets.
Riverfront Park wants to find a permanent, more secure storage plan for the tables.
Randolph says he wishes the staff could use their time improve the park, rather than clean up after these pranks.