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Graffiti clean-up on Ron Coleman Trail at Franklin Mountains State Park set for April 13

The rocky, rugged, sun-bathed and wind-battered “Ron Coleman Trail” has fallen victim to taggers and now a coalition of groups looks to clean up the man-made mess.

The Frontera Land Alliance, the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition, the employees of the Franklin Mountains State Park (FMSP), the City of El Paso’s Graffiti Removal Department and several local conservation groups have organized to remove all graffiti from the Ron Coleman Trail.

The trail-wide clean up is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2019.

FMSP Superintendent Cesar Mendez has noted that “Graffiti on our trails is an ongoing and extensive problem, very difficult to keep up with.  We do not have the manpower or resources to fully tackle this problem and remove everything.”

Via a news release, officials added, “We’re being supported in our efforts by UTEP’s Project Move Day as well as many members of the community at large.

The two ends of the Ron Coleman are the most challenging and problematic parts of the trail, thanks to their relatively easy access by ‘taggers.’

“But sadly we’ve been seeing graffiti in other areas of the park as well. We’ve assigned more park staff to patrolling after hours so we can deter this illegal activity,” he said.

Mendez is also asking hikers and visitors who see any suspicious activity in the park to “please let us know right away so we can send in our rangers.”

The Franklins are home to over a hundred miles of scenic desert trails. One of them is the Ron Coleman Trail.

The “Ron Coleman” (named for El Paso’s then-State Representative who convinced the Legislature to purchase the State Park property for over $25 million in 1979) is widely considered the centerpiece of the Franklins, stretching between two canyons along the ridgeline.

For more info, visit the park’s website.

Hikers, Preservationists Upset Over Graffiti on Mountain Trail

Over the weekend, hikers expecting to see nature’s beauty were shocked to find that vandals had struck their favorite trail.

According to social media posts, vandals spray painted rocks at the trailhead for the Ron Coleman trail, as well as other areas along the trail.

Photos taken by Rick Lobello show large rocks that had been defaced with various colors of spray paint.

Outraged by damage done, hikers and preservationists reached out to fellow El Pasoans to take on the challenge of cleaning up the mess, not just at the trailhead, but along the trail as well, and up into the cave in McKelligon Canyon.

Photo courtesy Rick LoBello

Via the El Paso Naturally webpage,  the Director of the Frontera Land Alliance, Janae Reneaud Field submitted the following tips for those wishing to clean up the graffiti.

To remove need to coordinate volunteers, buy the supplies such as graffiti remover and wire brushes or course sponges (City may have some graffiti removed they could donate) and a lot of elbow grease.

Spray paint on rocks is sometimes difficult, although not impossible, to remove. If the rock is porous, you’ll need to do a lot more scrubbing after using the appropriate removal product.

If the rock is decorative and has been polished, removal is easier.

No matter the rock, many products have been designed specifically for spray paint removal. You’ll find these—as aerosol sprays and other forms—at most hardware and home improvement retailers.  (A step by step is listed via this link)

Residents interested in helping clean up the graffiti and the trail can contact Janae Reneaud Field, at the Frontera Land Alliance, at 915-351-8352.

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