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Everyday People: Warrenton family cleans graffiti at Tapiola Skate Park

Graffiti included profanity, drug and satanic references
By Jack Heffernan

The Daily Astorian

Published on July 23, 2018 12:01AM

Last changed on July 23, 2018 11:06AM

A Warrenton family pitched in to paint over graffiti at Tapiola Skate Park in Astoria.

Laura Dow

A Warrenton family pitched in to paint over graffiti at Tapiola Skate Park in Astoria.

On a Sunday morning earlier this month, Jennifer Bartlett saw a Facebook post that troubled her.

A friend posted about graffiti at Tapiola Skate Park in Astoria. The messages included the F-word in relation to President Donald Trump and the police, along with drug and satanic themes.

“It’s very inappropriate, and our children are of age where they can read,” Bartlett said. “I don’t like the nasty art, I guess.”

Bartlett, 37, contacted Laura Dow, her sister. Along with her children — Taya Bartlett, 18, and Brody, 6 — and Dow’s kids — Dominic, 8, and Addy, 9 — the family decided to have a not-so-lazy Sunday. Instead, they spent a chunk of the day painting over graffiti at the park.

Part of the moms’ motivation was to teach their children a lesson.

“Making a mess is not OK, and going out and fixing it is,” Bartlett said.

They went to Home Depot to buy cement paint, roller brushes and paint cans. Dow estimates they spent between $60 and $70.

“Wasn’t too big of a deal for a learning lesson,” Dow said.

Once they began painting, the project took about an hour.

“With this many people, it didn’t take that long,” Dow said.

The children enjoyed the brief chore, Dow said. Another young boy even joined in at one point.

Dow and Bartlett are Warrenton natives. Dow, 33, said they were happy to offer other parents peace of mind when they take their kids to the park. In a small community, it’s important to help fellow residents — even with small deeds such as lending a bike to a child in need of one, she said.

“We grew up here. This is the town we live in,” Dow said. “We try to do little things here and there, just paying it forward because it’s a small community.”


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