The rainbow crosswalk in Golden is suspected to have been vandalized.
A dark black tire mark is now scarred on top of the six colours representing pride in the LGBT+ community. The crosswalk was painted only two and a half weeks ago by the Interact Club of Golden.
The high school youth have plans to paint over the defaced crosswalk to restore it back to its symbol of pride in the community.
The crosswalk is located in a 30 km/hr zone at the east end of 9th Avenue S., at the entrance to the Golden and District Arena.
Other rainbow crossalks that have been painted across the country have been vandalized in the past, including one earlier in August.
The Interact Club of Golden worked with the Town of Golden to find a suitable placement for the rainbow crosswalk, and decided on a location that does not require a mandated crosswalk. The crosswalk is also close to Golden Secondary School and Alexander Park Elementary School, and across from the Golden Municipal Campground. beside the Golden Swimming Pool, and near the Golden Seniors’ Centre and the Mount 7 Rec Plex.
After months of planning paint types, securing funding, and planning with the town, the Interact Club received the conditional go ahead to create the crosswalk as a symbol of pride in Golden at the end of June.
The Golden-Field RCMP have opened a file to try to find whoever committed the act. The case number is 2018-2890, and information can be reported anonymously. Joy Guyot and Lori Baxendale have committed $1,200 as a reward to information that leads to finding the perpetrators.