To the Gatewood Trails sign vandal

Volunteers have to keep fixing vandalized signs on trail

his past summer, as part of the Sooke Slow Food Cycle, volunteers from the Juan De Fuca Community Trails Society and the Juan De Fuca Cycling Coalition installed a way-finding sign on the Gatewood Trail. Over the last couple of months the sign has been continuously vandalized. I personally have had to make all new signs (which takes considerable time), as well, one of our other volunteers has repaired and reattached the signs several times.

Each time we have been out there repairing the signs, people have commented on how much they appreciate them.

Who ever you are, if you continue destroying them, yes we will likely, eventually give up in frustration, and then you can feel proud of yourself. You have the power to destroy. It must feel good to you, otherwise you wouldn’t do it. Perhaps it is a lot of anger you have.

We all have the power to destroy, but equally we have the power to create. It is one of our defining human characteristics. You should try it sometime. The satisfaction one gets from creating something good is far greater than a momentary rush of destruction, and it doesn’t come with any guilt.

I hope that you will find your good path, we all have one.

If you have an issue with these signs, please contact me, rather than destroying them.

Stephen Hindrichs

Sooke