Facebook group fights graffiti

Kyle Bachmamn points out some recent graffiti on a downtown building. Bachmann hosts the Penticton Graffiti Task Force Facebook page along with Leigh Follestad and Jake Evans. They would like to set up a group to repair graffiti damage in the city.

PENTICTON - Penticton resident Kyle Bachmann is determined to do something about graffiti in the city after last weekend’s spray painting spree.

“I’m tired of so many people out there doing graffiti in Penticton. On the weekend, Smart Shopper, Queen’s Park and Parkway Schools, the old Kentucky Fried Chicken building, Theo’s, Murray’s Pizza, Whole Foods and the garbage bins at the new liquor store at Cherry Lane were all spray painted.”

Bachmann, along with fellow administrators Leigh Follestad and Jake Evans host a local Facebook website known as the “Penticton Graffiti Task Force" (take back our walls).

Members discuss and share information about the latest graffiti targets in an effort to warn neighbourhoods, posting photos of graffiti vandalism on the page as they work to increase awareness and interest in the issue.

Bachmann would like to recruit a dozen or so residents interested in restoring graffiti targets. The crew would also solicit local business for donations with which to buy paint and paint supplies.

Anyone interested in helping Bachmann and the Penticton Graffiti Task Force with their clean up effort should call Kyle Bachmann at 250-809-3137, or Leigh Follestad at 250-490-5295.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

- This story was updated at 4:08 p.m, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014 to correct the spelling of Kyle Bachmann's last name.


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