When word broke of sharpened metal spikes being found in Green Lake, a Seattle Parks Department spokeswoman speculated someone maliciously put them there to “hurt people.” A Seattle Times editorial called the perpetrator a “sick puppy.”
Now the mystery is solved. And the sick puppy responsible for placing them there? The Parks Department. D’oh!
It turns out the spikes used to have a hook on the end that corroded off. They were placed in the pond in the 1980s to hold down black plastic to control milfoil, an aquatic weed.