Picnic table pyramids at Spokane parks: work of art or vandalism?


by KREM.com & Othello Richards


Posted on August 8, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 8 at 6:40 PM

SPOKANE – Spokane City workers want whoever is stacking picnic tables in city parks to knock it off.

Park employees arrived at Riverfront Park early Tuesday morning to find a pyramid of picnic tables. 45 plastic tables were stacked in the formation near the North Bank Pavilion.

Is it vandalism or art?

Spokane Parks labor foreman David Randolph said the time spent taking down the tables could be better used elsewhere.

“Our crews could be beautifying our parks and keeping and keeping them better maintained, but instead we get drawn away,” he said.

Park employees immediately fenced off the area out of fear the tables could topple over and hurt someone. An urban forestry crew used a bucket truck to remove the top layers. Randolph took down the remaining tables with a forklift.

Over the weekend, Randolph said a maintenance workers stopped some teens caught stacking the tables at the park. Something similar happened at Manito Park several weeks ago.

“We are talking 32 to 35 feet up in the air, and there is pavement on the ground. If somebody was to take a fall or have a table fall on them trying to set those up, it could be a very serious injury. It could cause death,” he said.

Randolph and his team will now spread the tables around the park to make them more difficult to collect and assemble.