Park crew finds historic Anchorage landmark covered in graffiti
Police are investigating graffiti discovered on the train located on the Delaney Park Strip in downtown Anchorage.
Known by the municipality as the Delaney Park 556 Engine, it was given to the city by the U.S. Army in 1959 and has been a mainstay in the park since. On Tuesday morning, a park maintenance crew discovered that someone had tagged the south-facing side of the train with graffiti.
City park planner Maeve Lavtar says what’s even more disappointing is that just a few years back, the municipality spent a lot of money and time to restore the train and make it safe.
“As you recall, the train was a hazardous site,” she explained. “It had lead paint, it had asbestos, it had grease, and so we had to do a big renovation of it in 2013 to about 2014, and then we scraped together funds, another $30,000 to do the landscaping.”
Removing the graffiti won’t be an easy task, according to Lavtar. She said crews will need to blast it off the engine, then use special paint to cover it.
That would have cost thousands of dollars if it weren’t for the generosity of a local man. Mike Andersen, the president of DAMA Industrial LLC, saw the graffiti, called the city and volunteered his company’s services to do the job. He also got a local paint store, Sherwin Williams, to donate all the paint.
The cleanup and touch-ups will have to wait until April, and is expected to take roughly a week to complete, according to Lavtar.
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