NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) – Some Newton Falls residents said they’re sick over graffiti found along the town’s popular bike trail, and now a community effort is underway to clean it up.
Just recently, Kim Gregg and her fiancé helped start a crime watch group in Newton Falls. On Friday, they were told about graffiti painted inside the tunnel between Jay Street and Lock Street.
“Just a bunch of vulgar words, ignorant stuff, bunch of swear words. Just a bunch of stuff about killing cops and Black Lives Matter stuff. Everything going on in today’s society has been put up there, just not in good ways,” said Gregg.
Gregg said both sides of the tunnel, as well as outside, and the sidewalk were covered with spray paint.
“It made me sick ’cause I walk my kids up and down this. I live right here in town and we have family, friends, stuff like that and it’s something you don’t want your kids to see,” Gregg said.
Volunteers have already put in almost two days of work and spent nearly $300 on tools to wash the paint off.
“I think as a community, we should want to make our town better, especially since we’re such a small town already. Why should we make it look like trash? We should want to make it look good,” Gregg said.
However, she said not everyone was on board with cleaning it up. The volunteers even had police called on them while they were working.
“The one ‘Negativity Nancy,’ we had ten more positive people who were like, ‘Oh, you’re doing it, let me come help,’ and it made me feel good as a person to be able to do something good,” Gregg said.
Gregg said the police are aware of the graffiti, but cameras in the area have also been busted.
She said they will be working on it until all of the graffiti is washed off. She hopes to talk to the mayor and city council to paint some sort of mural inside.