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Upset by graffiti defacing Clayton Beach? Here’s what to do about it

Graffiti covers rocks at Clayton Beach in Larrabee State Park

Graffiti sprayed on the rocks at Clayton Beach is visible Wednesday, June 15, and Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Larrabee State Park south of Bellingham, Wash. The graffiti will be removed with the help of volunteers on June 25.
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Graffiti sprayed on the rocks at Clayton Beach is visible Wednesday, June 15, and Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Larrabee State Park south of Bellingham, Wash. The graffiti will be removed with the help of volunteers on June 25.

Graffiti scrawled across 200 yards of rock at scenic Clayton Beach will be removed with the help of volunteers on Saturday, June 25.

The work will be done as the investigation continues into who spray-painted a swath of rock, much of it sandstone, in an area that’s popular with families at Larrabee State Park just south of Bellingham.

“It’s time for our revolution,” read one inscription underneath a swastika and “SS.” Another simply read “no crime,” while other sections of rock were spray-painted with profanities, penises and the phrase “stay high cuz pigs can’t fly.”

Upset by the graffiti that marred the area’s beauty and the sandstone rocks with their honeycomb patterns, beach-goers have asked state park officials how they can help.

“We had such a great response. It was encouraging for our staff,” said ranger Amber Forest, who is manager of Larrabee State Park.

Park officials are continuing to work with the Bellingham Police Department and Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office to try to pinpoint the vandals.

“We have discovered that several parts of the graffiti are gang-related,” Forest said.

In May, Forest told The Bellingham Herald that the graffiti started last year but more recent tagging, which likely occurred within the past few months, was widespread.

Forest said Tuesday, June 14, that she didn’t think more graffiti has been scrawled on the rocks since that May report.

She had feared the cleanup would be expensive, but a Western Washington University professor came up with a method that is simple and can use volunteers. As a result, the cost will total about $1,550.

Forest didn’t want to publicize how the graffiti will be removed, but she said volunteers will get a chance to learn about the sandstone formations at Clayton Beach.

Forest believes that 50 to 75 volunteers will turn out to help.

“The more people who come, the less time it’s going to take,” she said. “This is a solution that includes the community.”

Kie Relyea: 360-715-2234, @kierelyea

Help remove graffiti

What: Volunteer to help remove graffiti on rocks at Clayton Beach in Larrabee State Park.

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25.

Where: Meet at noon at the Lost Lake parking lot (formerly known as Clayton Beach Day Use parking) off Chuckanut Drive. Cars will need a Discover Pass to park there. Walk on a trail 3/4-mile down to Clayton Beach.

What to bring and wear: A small bucket, gloves, water, lunch/snacks, outdoor-appropriate clothing, hiking boots or sturdy shoes.

Questions: Josh Scholten, ranger, at 360-676-2093 or josh.scholten@parks.wa.gov.

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