One of my favorite hiking spots is Mt. Tom in Holyoke, MA. Since I moved to Western Mass, I have hiked this mountain nearly every day. And sadly I have seen a proliferation of ugly, vulgar, and even racist graffiti on the cliffs at the peak. It's heartbreaking to see this beautiful local gem become gradually more and more defiled.
If no one does anything about it, this problem will continue to grow as people feel more and more licensed to add to the mess. It has gotten to the point that people are spray painting the trees. The more graffiti goes up and stays up, the less respect people have for this sacred space and the more this beautiful natural spot becomes just another dump.
I can't take it anymore and I have decided to stop waiting for someone else to take action. I have found a method of graffiti removal that involves biodegradable solvents and a portable pressure washer that has its own water tank so it can operate in areas with no available water source. You can see these products in action at http://www.graffitiremovalinc.com. The money I raise will go towards buying this unique pressure washer, the solvents, and a cart to move the pressure washer around the narrow steep paths on the mountain. By purchasing the pressure washer, we create the possibility of making this clean up and annual event, rather than a one time effort.
On October 2, I and a group of determined volunteers will wipe the graffiti off the face of Mt. Tom. I will need the funds to purchase the supplies by September 21. Please consider donating whatever you can. This is an opportunity to support a really wonderful community, and to do your part to make the world a more beautiful place. You can make a difference!
I, and everyone else who hikes Mt. Tom, will be so thankful and overwhelmed with joy when we can finally see this space in its natural state of beauty. Thank you so much for your donation.
PS: This clean up is happening with the support and blessing of Holyoke Gas & Electric, who own this section of Mt. Tom.
- David Hewlings
- Emily Porter
- Mary Beth Phair
- Elizabeth Kass
- Jennifer Giering
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