Cliffs at popular Penticton Climbing Park are degraded – Revelstoke Review

The people have decided to mark the rocks of Skaha Bluffs which the ministry must enter and now clean up. (Facebook)

Cliffs at popular Penticton rock climbing park are degraded

The Ministry of the Environment will clean it up

Someone or some people decided to deface the rocks of Skaha Bluffs.

The graffiti was done in pink spray paint or chalk on several rock faces on Sunday, June 13.

The popular climbing and hiking provincial park is usually full of people on weekends, but the graffiti has gone unnoticed.

A local park activist took to a Skaha Bluffs Facebook page to express his frustration over the marking.

“Did you miss the ‘Leave No Trace’ memo before you decided to tag a number of walls in the Bluffs?” writes Russ Turner.

Fortunately, acts of vandalism at Skaha Bluffs Park, such as recent graffiti, are rare, the Department of the Environment said.

“BC Parks staff are aware and plan to visit the site today (June 16) to remove it,” the department said in an email to Western News.

Penticton City Council just approved a new 90-space parking lot at Skaha Bluffs to accommodate the many people who come from all over to hike and climb the park.

The council called for all pitches to be built to meet demand for the park, which exploded due to COVID-19 and saw nearby streets taken up with parked vehicles as their occupants made their way up the cliffs.

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