Table replaced at Dockton Park after fire destroyed previous one

Crews have installed a new table after a brand-new table there was incinerated.

King County crews have installed a new table at Dockton Park after a brand-new table there was incinerated just before the new year.

In early February, crews replaced the vandalized table pieces with natural wood. It will likely be temporary until the county can re-order the original parts, said county spokesperson Eleanor Lee.

“We are also monitoring the general vandalism issues in the area before we invest in replacing the table and benches,” Lee wrote, in an email. “It is possible that we might just stick with the wood — we think it looks pretty good if we do say so ourselves!”

Aside from the incinerated table, vandalism to the park also included graffiti tagging on the restroom the week prior, though the county has “no way of knowing if it was the same people,” Lee added.

As for security measures following the vandalism: “We are locking the restrooms in the evening; we are working with the Sheriff’s Office to increase patrols and ticket abandoned vessels; and are exploring enhanced monitoring of the parking lot,” Lee said.

The previous table had been incinerated just two weeks after the new playground and park remodel was unveiled at Dockton, disappointing and frustrating families who were excited to use the new facilities.

Vashon Fire & Rescue chief Matt Vinci said the department believes the table was destroyed sometime overnight between Saturday, Dec. 30 and the following Sunday.

As of Feb. 9, “there are no suspects … and no active leads” in determining who or what destroyed the table, according to King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sergeant Eric White.