Solvent solutions: Restoring — or removing — graffiti-covered trail markers on historic Cobb Estate

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The Sunday Star-News featured a front-page report by Janette Williams on the unsightly condition of interpretive trail markers on the Cobb Estate at the north end of Lake Avenue.

The Pasadena Audubon Society installed the signs about 18 months ago, and they’re already plastered in graffiti — so much as to be completely unreadable.

Above and at right are some of the images that didn’t run in Sunday’s newspaper.

As you can see, the graffiti extends beyond just the trail markers.

A local resident is spearheading the effort to eliminate the eyesores, but finding a solution for the marred signs hasn’t been a simple process:

For nearly a year, Sarah Keever has been trying to
find a clean-up solution, contacting both the Pasadena Audubon Society,
which installed the interpretive signs, and the U.S. Forest Service,
which was deeded the estate site by the Altadena community in the early
1970s.

If one of the groups — or any willing group, for that matter — decides to buck up and take responsibility for the signage, we hear Easy-Off can work miracles.

You might want to order in bulk.

(Photos by Walt Mancini / Staff)

One thought on “Solvent solutions: Restoring — or removing — graffiti-covered trail markers on historic Cobb Estate

  1. It’s shocking to see such ugly stuff in such a beautiful place. But the taggers will keep tagging, no matter how much you clean up after them. Perhaps a solution would be to make them clean it? Or better yet, to teach kids love and respect for nature from an early age. Easier said than done, I know. But clean those signs and new tags are guaranteed.

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