Graffiti, damage to handrails reported at Gorley Trail

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City workers, MAC inmates making repairs before grand opening

By Stephen Lega

The recently renovated Cecil L. Gorley Trail has already become the target of vandals.
Someone spray-painted graffiti on a kiosk near the trail and broke some handrails that were recently installed as part of the renovation effort.
Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission Executive Director Nicky Reynolds said it's sad that someone would do that.
"We did all that work to give something to everybody," she said.
The grand opening for the renovated trail is scheduled for noon Friday, April 13. The trail circumnavigates the Fagan Branch Reservoir, 370 Fagan Branch Road in Lebanon.
City Administrator John O. Thomas said they had learned about the graffiti and the damage to the guardrails earlier this week. City employees had already painted over the graffiti by Tuesday.
Thomas did not have photos of the graffiti, and he said he understood that three or four handrails had been broken.
Reynolds said that MAC inmates were going to make repairs to the damaged handrails this week.
The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission started its renovation effort nearly four years ago. In 2008, the commission agreed to put up $10,000 toward the renovation and was awarded a $100,000 Recreational Trails Program grant through the Governor's Office.
The 2009 ice storm was a setback to the renovation effort. MAC inmates provided most of the labor to clear the path of broken and fallen limbs, and they repaired and replaced bridges that had been damaged throughout the 3.2 trail.