The words ‘reckless’ were painted in red on the downtown library walkway sometime before 12 p.m. Saturday. It’s unknown if the vandal(s) were targeting the library in protest over the changed location to the vacant Big 5 building on South Third Street.
City officials who were attending the Jamal Crawford Basketball Dedication at Liberty Park did not know of the graffiti until the Patch contacted them for comment. Within the hour city maintenance staff had repainted the walls and within moments of that, a volunteer with a group seeking signatures for a city initiative about the library set-up a table. The volunteer was unaware of the graffiti.
The city and the King County Library Board have been under protest from citizens questioning the reasoning to move from the current location above the Cedar River to South Third Street. Outcry of the project has been ongoing since the two announced they wanted to move the downtown location and entered into an interlocal agreement.
A will meet September 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Renton City Hall on the 7th floor about future uses for the current location next to Liberty Park, and encouraged anyone interested in the future of the building to attend.
Anyone with information on the graffiti should contact the Renton Police Department.
Editor's Note: Due to a reporter's error, the original version of the story stated, "The volunteer was aware of the graffiti." the sentence should have read: The volunteer was unaware of the graffiti. Patch regrets the error.