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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.

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?

Spokane Hunts Mystery Table Stacker

Using a bucket lift surrounded by caution tape, Miles Cooley of the Spokane Parks Dept. clears the hazard lights lined up on a giant stack of picnic tables at Manito Park Friday. Pranksters have built and left such stacks on at least two occasions this summer, requiring city employees to bring equipment used to prune trees to the site to safely unstack the tables. (Jesse Tinsley, SR)

City workers made an unexpected find while deconstructing the latest mysterious picnic-table pyramid at Manito Park on Friday afternoon. An Urban Forestry crewman discovered a handwritten note addressed to park employees at the top of the stack of 36 tables. The note was signed “SKFS.” It made references to recently constructed table pyramids at Riverfront Park and revealed that four teens are responsible for the latest stacking in Manito. “We heard that our riverfront table pyramids cost $500 each to remove,” the note reads, “yet they only took 4 teens 25 min to assemble sans equiptment! Please stop wasting taxpayer dollars.” The pyramid is the second at Manito this summer and the fourth in Spokane. City workers discovered a larger, nine-level stack of 45 tables Tuesday morning at Riverfront Park/Justin Runquist, SR. More here. (Inset: SR photo of a note found on one of the stacks of picnic tables)

Question: Should Spokane give top priority status to finding individuals responsible for stacking the picnic tables?

Rescuers Pluck Man From River

Crews rescued a man from the Spokane River in Riverfront Park today. The man was pulled from the river about 12:20 p.m. after rescuers responded to reports of a man hanging onto a rope in the water west of the Looff Carrousel, said Spokane Fire Chief Bobby Williams. Story & photo by Meghann Cuniff/SR here.

Big fish story

Joe Buster, of Spokane, landed this northern pike in Riverfront Park across from the carousel while fishing for trout on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011 — two days before his 18th birthday. He said the fish measured 42 inches long.

While little kids were reaching for the golden ring Saturday at the Looff Carrousel, a Spokane teenager hooked the fish of his dreams just outside the door in Riverfront Park.

Joe Buster rides the city bus regularly to fish the Howard Street section of the Spokane River and rarely gets much attention from passers-by as he casts for the occasional foot-long trout or bass.

But he rose to rock-star status after a 42-inch-long northern pike smacked his Mepps Agilia spinner and torpedoed across the pool. Full story. Rich Landers, SR

Took 3 guys to help him land it! Have you ever caught a fish?


Noon: Riverfront Offers Pony Magic

The newest attraction at Riverfront Park provides modern city kids a taste of old-fashioned country fun. Now, in addition to riding the painted ponies on the Looff Carrousel, children have an opportunity to ride the real deal. On April 23, Story Book Farm Ponies began offering pony rides, just across the river from the Carrousel. The sweet Shetlands have proven to be a hit. On a recent Saturday morning, a steady stream of kids gathered under the rainbow-striped awning. Three-year-old McKenna Ewing ran to the corral and climbed up the gate. “Oh! Look at them!” she gasped. “Their hair are crazy!”/Cindy Hval, SR. More here.

Question: How often do you visit Riverfront Park?

‘Trashy’ Public Art To Be Removed

Jagger Black, age 7, of Moses Lake, Wash., plays on the dinosaur bone sculpture in Riverfront Park Wednesday. The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department plans to remove and demolish the sculpture because it has developed cracks and is considered unsafe. (SR photo: Colin Mulvany)\

When noted Pacific Northwest artist Charles W. Smith was creating a sculpture in what became Riverfront Park, he was often asked what it represented. “Nothing,” he told a Spokane Daily Chronicle reporter. “It can be anything a child wants it to be. Rather than a camel or a horse, it can be many things.” Nearly 40 years later, Spokane arts and parks leaders, however, may give it a label: trash/Jonathan Brunt, SR. More here.

Question: Which piece of public art in the Coeur d'Alene area would you consider “trashy”?

PM: On A Carousel …

Wendy Kirbey, 66, of The Albany Brass Ring Historical  Carousel & Museum Project in Albany, Ore., takes a break from a gathering of the National  Carousel  Association in Riverfront Park to interact with “Geri” the giraffe, featured on the Looff Carrousel. Story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

2 Victims Discuss Hoopfest Shootings

Item: Victims talk about Hoopfest shooting/Erik Loney, KXLY

More Info: As five suspects sit in jail for their involvement in Saturday’s shooting at Hoopfest, the two women who were shot in the leg are talking about the experience. “We were walking away and that’s when we heard the gunshot,” said one of the victims, who don’t want their identities revealed in fear of retaliation. The other victim, a 19-year-old woman said Sunday that she was still hurting and scared.

Question: What do you make of the Hoopfest shootings — a random act of violence? Or more evidence that Spokane is becoming too violent?

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