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Police and park officials still baffled by Green Lake spikes

Four dozen metal spikes had to have been intentionally lodged in shallow Green Lake waters, city officials say, but almost a week after they were found, police have no idea who put them there.
Authorities still aren't exactly sure how long the spikes, found Sunday, were under water. They say the corrosion on the metal spikes, ranging from 12 to 18 inches long, shows they were likely there for at least a month.
"What alarmed me was the audacity that somebody would do this," said Pat Boltz, the man who was in chest-deep water with his daughter, Mia, near the Green Lake Small Craft Center when his right foot was cut by a spike.
After getting his daughter out of the water Sunday evening, Boltz put on flip-flops and felt around the water for other spikes. He found eight more in a few minutes, police said.
Seattle Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Dewey Potter said police removed 39 more when contacted by city workers early Monday morning. The spikes, which did not stick out of the water, thrust up 3 to 4 inches off the lake bottom.
"If it was a prank, it was a very malicious and well-thought-out prank," Potter said. "Someone took a lot of trouble to put those in the lake."
Boltz, whose cut is nearly healed, said he became angry when he realized someone had probably planted the spikes to hurt others.
At Green Lake Thursday evening, talk of the spikes -- how they arrived and who else knew about it -- remained a hot topic.
Pat Nord, a 51-year-old Seattle resident, was particularly concerned because her two teenage daughters paddle kayaks on the lake.
"I can't believe that nobody has been hurt," said Nord, who gave her girls one message: Don't jump in the water.
Parks department employees give people a similar message in many areas of the lake.
Although signs warn against it, people still swim where they're not advised to -- such as the wading area where the spikes were found.
The city hasn't sent divers to examine the lake bottom for at least 15 years because of staffing shortages, Potter said.
While she said the lake is safe, it's possible some items that sunk in Green Lake decades ago remain there.
Potter said the city is trying to find partners who can help with cleanups of the boating areas and beaches -- at Green Lake and other city parks.
In response to the spikes, city crews combed "every square inch" of Green Lake, the city's other seven lifeguarded beaches and the area near the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, Potter said.
They found no other spikes, and no clues as to who planted the rusted metal rods at Green Lake.
"If anybody knows anything," Potter said. "We'd love to hear from them."

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/371289_greenlake18.html
 
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