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Thu., Dec. 27, 2012, 9:30 a.m.

It’s all fun and games until…

Nikki Moseanko and Dan Burrows, Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, load some of the 11 damaged park picnic tables to be repaired from the North Bank shelter area, Dec. 26, 2012 in Riverfront Park. After vandals stacked the tables forming a Christmas tree with ornaments, the structure collapsed and was discovered Christmas morning. Work crews, including Moseanko were called into duty in the morning hours of Christmas to secure the mess.  (Dan Pelle)
Nikki Moseanko and Dan Burrows, Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, load some of the 11 damaged park picnic tables to be repaired from the North Bank shelter area, Dec. 26, 2012 in Riverfront Park. After vandals stacked the tables forming a Christmas tree with ornaments, the structure collapsed and was discovered Christmas morning. Work crews, including Moseanko were called into duty in the morning hours of Christmas to secure the mess. (Dan Pelle)

Nikki Moseanko and Dan Burrows, Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, load some of the 11 damaged park picnic tables to be repaired from the North Bank shelter area, Dec. 26, 2012 in Riverfront Park.

A phone call from work interrupted Dave Randolph’s Christmas morning.

The city’s labor foreman for Riverfront Park was about to watch his grandchildren open presents, only to learn that picnic-table vandals had struck again.

Putting a hold on family celebrations, Randolph and his crew arrived at Riverfront Park to find a pile of picnic tables cluttered with holiday decorations near the north shelter. He believes the structure collapsed sometime overnight.

“This one turned ugly,” Randolph said. “I hope to God nobody was on it when it came down.” Read more.

I admit, I think the work of the serial stackers is kind of cool, until I read stories like this. What do you think?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.