Harlingen Park's Positive Message Graffiti Raises Concern

Betty Davis and her husband Charles love to take a stroll with their dogs along the Arroyo Hike and Bike Trail in Harlingen.

But it's not all lovey-dovey under the bridge area of trail, despite any spray-painted messages to the contrary.

"No kind of messages should be down here," Betty said. "It just means our guys have to come down here and paint over them."

On one side of the bridge's columns are inspirational words like "faith," "peace" and "love."

The other side now shows inspirational messages like "love who you are," "stay in school" and "don't do drugs."

Passersby can't miss them.

Charles called the writing a step forward from the usual spray-painted puke typically found under the bridge, but he remained adamant in his belief it's still wrong.

"At least it wasn't that ugly graffiti," he said. "But they still shouldn't do it... Because it's government property here."

The person or persons responsible for the graffiti are unknown, according to an official with the city's parks and recreation department.

The anonymous writings first popped up a week ago.

City leaders are in contact with the state, which owns the vandalized property in question to see if permission may have been granted.

For now, all people on the trail plan can do, is let the writing on the walls be their guide.