Taking pride in the community

AUSTIN, Minn. – One area community is taking an artistic approach to handling graffiti in their town.

In the community pride meeting sponsored by Austin Vision 20-20, officials say their joining together to combat heavy graffiti which has been showing up in areas along the Mill Pond Trail.

Instead of trying to scrub it off, the graffiti is being covered and replaced with paint.

Those in the community are asked to reserve their spot along the trail and help paint and clean up the town.

“In terms of scrubbing and washing of things, they didn’t really get a lot of people coming forward. So the idea was, can we cover it up? Can we make it something beautiful where right now it’s ugly and just vandalism,” said Geoff Smith, lead member of the initiative.

Guidelines and sign up forms are available at the Austin Park and Recreation Center.

The eighth annual Community Pride Day is from 9 a.m. to noon on April 26.

“They’ll get a spot to fix up the paint and really it’s not expected that it’s going to be perfect or incredible when they’re done. All we’re looking for is that they be nicer when they’re done then when they started,” said Smith.

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