From the Era Today: McDowell Trail Storywalk
By AMANDA NICHOLS
The Storywalk project set up along the
McDowell Trail behind the University of
Pittsburgh at Bradford was vandalized and had
to be taken down on Monday.
Rebecca Papinchak, president of the MOMS
Club of Bradford, which sponsors Storywalk, told
The Era on Monday afternoon that she arrived on
the trail earlier that day to find the story project
Papinchak said the Storywalk consisted of
more than 30 stakes, each with portions of the
book â€śThe Kissing Handâ€ť by Audrey Penn
attached. On Monday she found about half of
the stakes removed and most of the pages to
have been ripped off.
â€śIt was obvious that someone came up and
ripped them off, not that they came loose and
blew away or something like that,â€ť she said.
â€śIt is disappointing to have people take some-thing away that the community enjoyed and
Papinchak set up the McDowell Trail
Storywalk on Aug. 15 with intentions of leav-ing it up for the community to enjoy for a
month. It lasted less than two weeks before she
discovered it had been destroyed.
This was the third Storywalk she set up
along local trails this summer. Papinchak said
she had wanted to put up a Storywalk for one-month each for June, July and August, each on
a different trail.
The first she set up on a trail around Marilla
Reservoir, and it too was vandalized after two
weeks â€” though not as badly and Papinchak
said she was able to repair it.
Julyâ€™s Storywalk was set up on the Crook
Farm Trail and Papinchak considers it to have
been a success and well-received by the pub-lic. â€śI saw many people walk the trail without
leaving comments at the end, but we had six
positive comments left.â€ť
â€śPeople liked the story and thought it was a
great idea; some were asking for more things
like this around town,â€ť she said, noting the first
Storywalk got good feedback as well.
Papinchak said it was due to the nice
responses received by those who utilized the
first two Storywalks that motivated her to con-tinue on and put up the third Storywalk on the
Unfortunately, the damage caused to the third
Storywalk was too much for Papinchak to justify
setting it all back up again.
â€śIt would involve me getting two more copies
of the stories, more stakes and basically redoing
the whole project again,â€ť she explained.
Despite it all, Papinchak said she plans to
do more Storywalks, though maybe not on area
â€śI would love to continue with it, but Iâ€™m not
sure Iâ€™m going to do it the same way,â€ť she said.
â€śIâ€™m thinking it might be better to do it outside of
schools or maybe down Main Street in the winter
in the storefronts.
â€śItâ€™s the kind of project that you could do in
different situations,â€ť Papinchak added. â€śI think
weâ€™ll try different avenues that might not be as
open to vandalism.â€ť
Storywalk is a nationwide project. If anyone
is interested in sponsoring a Storywalk, contact
the MOMS Club at momsclubofbradfordpa@
THIS is a prime example of what we need to fight against all over town. It's sad when the disgusting scummer behavior from downtown migrates all the way out to Marilla and the Pitt campus.
WE need to stand up to this and take back our city!