LETTERS: Unwelcome ‘artistry’

Editor: We arrived at Sunnyside tennis courts and were dismayed to see disregard for public property

Editor:

While I didn’t see who defaced the Sunnyside Park tennis court with graffiti, it seems reasonable that doting parents allowed their tots to do so, no doubt thinking it is cute and harmless, because it is chalk.

We arrived at Sunnyside tennis courts on Sunday, May 27 afternoon and were very dismayed to see the total disregard for public property. The chalk will remain until it rains, and even then may require several rain events to wash it away completely.

It’s no different than spray-paint graffiti, if one considers that spray paint can also be removed.

The chalk graffiti on the tennis court is also a danger as it makes the surface slippery and, of course, is most unsightly and distracting when playing.

I also from time to time see this kind of graffiti on public sidewalks, on paths in parks, on public side streets and cul de sacs.

Allowing children to deface public property is also a bad lesson for them, as they are learning that it is OK to do so.

A note to parents – we don’t all think that your children are talented artists and should be allowed to express their creativity on public property. I suggest you restrict this inappropriate activity to your own driveway and house facade.

Adrian Brown, Surrey