Street sweepers were dispatched at around 1 a.m. Thursday, June 15 to remove tar and manure from the rainbow crosswalk at 3 Avenue South and 6 Street South.
The dumping of these materials on the rainbow crosswalk appears to have been deliberate, and so our Transportation staff filed a vandalism complaint first thing this morning with the Lethbridge Police Service.
Prior to this incident and the recent heavy rain, Transportation staff were planning to touch up parts of the rainbow and transgender crosswalks where some of the paint wasn't adhering well. Because of the tar, the rainbow crosswalk will now need to be repainted.
We expect that most or all of these additional painting costs can be covered within the funding provided by Lethbridge Pride Fest.
Statement from Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman:
"If this was something that was done deliberately to target Pride Fest and its members, it is incredibly disappointing to see a segment of our community treated with such disrespect.
Lethbridge is a welcoming, inclusive city, and the act of one or two ignorant people doesn't change that.
As a community, we will continue to embrace and celebrate diversity, and we encourage everyone to come together for Pride Fest events in the coming week."