Vic­to­ria park van­dal­ized over week­end

Rocks spray painted with vul­gar im­agery

The Compass - - SaltWire Wheels - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

In an area of Vic­to­ria where peo­ple come to en­joy na­ture and the scenery, vandals have tried to take that away.

The Beaver Pond Look­out is a park in Vic­to­ria that sees sig­nif­i­cant traf­fic from res­i­dents.

Over the week­end of Oct. 6, it was dis­cov­ered that some rocks along the trail had been de­faced with black spray paint, fea­tur­ing some graphic im­agery.

It is un­for­tu­nate this hap­pened at a time when the town is await­ing a plaque to erect at the site to hold an of­fi­cial open­ing of the park, which will be ded­i­cated to two Vic­to­ria res­i­dents who lost their lives at the pond in the win­ter sea­son of 1950.

At­ten­tion in that area has shifted to town em­ploy­ees be­ing tasked with deal­ing with the van­dal­ism. Since the dis­cov­ery, the rocks have been over­turned un­til the town can de­cide on a more long-term so­lu­tion to hide or cover up the graffiti.

“We’re go­ing to be tak­ing ac­tion against this, once we fig­ure out who’s re­spon­si­ble,” Mayor Barry Doo­ley told The Com­pass. “It’s scan­dalous that peo­ple are do­ing this kind of stuff.

“Here we are, try­ing to beau­tify our town, and some­one is go­ing be­hind us and de­fac­ing it like that.”

The mayor in­tends to have the mat­ter pur­sued and to take le­gal ac­tion if nec­es­sary against those re­spon­si­ble for the van­dal­ism.

“There’s got to be a stop put to this type of thing,” Doo­ley said.

The Town of Vic­to­ria took to so­cial me­dia to ex­press their con­cern over the in­ci­dent, ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to reach out to them through the town of­fice. They are also ask­ing res­i­dents to have a look through their sheds and garages in case they are miss­ing any black spray paint.

CHRIS LEWIS – THE COM­PASS

The Beaver Pond Look­out in Vic­to­ria was re­cently van­dal­ized.

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