City sends message to graffiti culprits

Signs erected on trail

Following the discovery of graffiti along the Raven Cliff Trail, the city has decided to put signage up in hopes of deterring further malice.

Trail councillor Gord DeRosa brought his concerns back to council after local graffiti activist Ev Cross pointed out the fresh damage on the trail behind the hospital.

One sign will be placed at the trailhead between the hospital and J. L. Crowe and another along the short hike, said DeRosa, who adds that this incident is nothing like the grad graffiti debate that took place last year.

“There was a lot of memorable names up there that brought on a lot of emotion,” he recalled council’s difficult decision last year.

After much thought and input from residents, Trail only covered up offensive scribbling on the rocks behind the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital – leaving grad names as a historical piece of the community.

“That was a whole different issue,” said DeRosa.

“Those were people who were leaving town and wanted to leave a mark, and we attempted to stop them but you couldn’t.

“As soon as you painted over one, it left a canvas for somebody else to put a new name up.”

While some residents were devastated to find that Trail’s “Graffiti Grannies,” began covering up the graffiti last spring, others wondered why anyone would want to keep it.