Community comes together to paint over graffiti in Liberty Park

Graffiti is not a victimless crime, according to Spokane City Council members, who say it can cost business owners hundreds- even thousands- of dollars to fix.

Fortunately, all it took were a couple cans of grey paint and some volunteers on Tuesday.

That’s when the City of Spokane teamed up with David’s Pizza to clean the walls at Liberty Park. Dozens of volunteers- many of them young kids- grabbed rollers and paint, supplied by the city.

“I liked the painting and getting all this done because it’s nice to do it in Spokane and get rid of it,” said Lyric, one of the young volunteers.

In about an hour’s time, an underpass and multiple areas in the park were looking brand new.

Cleaning up graffiti is something Mike Kreitz does on a daily basis. In fact, it’s his job. And he says sometimes it doesn’t last long.

“Some are the next day, sometimes you get lucky,” said Kreitz. “I think for some it’s fresh canvas, you know?”

Councilmembers Lori Kinnear and Breean Beggs were both in attendance, looking at possible solutions to keeping Spokane’s walls clean.

One of those solutions includes looking at how other cities manage graffiti problems. For example, people need to be at least 18 years old to buy spray paint in New York City and Los Angeles.

Though Council Member Kinnear says she’s not sure if that law would work for Spokane, she says the council is looking at all options.