Keep it clean

Graffiti has long been at the centre of a hot debate. For some, it’s an art form—a way to express themselves in a colourful, eye-catching manner. To others, it’s just a plain eyesore that should be scrubbed from existence.
Given such divergent viewpoints, it’s impossible to come up with a solution that pleases everyone. Rather, the trick is to find a happy medium that both sides at least can live with, which is exactly the level-headed approach that’s needed at the new Kiwanis skate park behind the Memorial Sports Centre along Second Street East.
Ultimately, that hinges with the youths who use the skate park. Keep the graffiti “clean” and most residents simply will chalk it up to kids being kids.
It’s an entirely different matter, however, if it becomes offensive, rife with foul language and obscene gestures, which forces town council to step in and take action.
Designer Andrew Kondrat had warned the skate park committee well in advance to expect graffiti. In fact, he said that would be a good sign—an indication that the youths had a sense of ownership, and pride, in the facility.
And so far, at least, the graffiti has been largely tasteful. Hopefully that continues, with the kids themselves policing it. They know what crosses the line, and it’s up to them to ensure a few bad apples don’t smear all the skate park users with a bad reputation.
Let the kids make their mark on their skate park; let them spruce up what otherwise, frankly, was quite drab. They just have to remember whether it stays or not also lies in their hands.