WHAT’S UP DOWNTOWN – Clean up that graffiti before winter comes

CAP Team supervisor Alexis Proulx goes to town on graffiti.

GOOD DAY Downtown Kamloops! To many of our dismay, the temperatures, along with the leaves, are slowly starting to fall. We take care of ourselves and our family to prepare for winter, but some folks forget about maintenance to their property or business.

While it may be tiring to pull out weeds in the snow, some jobs cannot be done in the cold weather. The job in question is the removal of graffiti from personal property and local businesses.

The CAP Team knows all about this as we remove graffiti from public property, as needed. If the weather is too cold, the chemicals used to clean your surface will not be nearly as effective and in some cases, may even freeze.

Therefore, it is always a good idea to remove any graffiti in the fall before it is too cold to do so. You might feel more accomplished heading into winter’s gaze with nice clean property.

The CAP Team also works in partnership with Graffiti Task Force. According to Ronnie, the manager of the force, “Downtown would not look as good as it does without you guys!”

If you are not the do it yourself kind of person, the Kamloops Graffiti Task Force can be contacted. Depending on the season and the availability of the staff, someone can visit your business for a quote on the estimated costs. For more information about them please visit

Another resource for people to use is the MyKamloops smart phone app. Among other handy things, it allows people to take pictures of graffiti they find and report it to the Public Works department at the city so it can be removed in the future. This only applies to city property and not private areas.

Some businesses downtown have chosen to replace the graffiti in their back alley with art work. As part of the Downtown Kamloops Alley Art Gallery, there are 26 murals all throughout downtown and coming soon will be 27.

The inspiration behind the project was to deter graffiti and instead hire local artists to design beautiful epic murals. This program is so beloved that it attracts many visitors to our alleys to take pictures and become inspired by local pride.

Whether a big art buff or just enjoy the magic of murals, the program has something for everyone to enjoy. While 27 murals might seem like a challenge to discover by yourself, or maybe with some of your pals, have no fear, has a map of all the murals with all the convenient info you need!

At the end of the day, if we all take a few steps to ensure that our personal and public areas are free of graffiti and our city streets look amazing, we can all head into winter with cheer.

Until next time, take a peek at the murals and keep those hearts as warm as those sweaters.

Written by Jon George, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach them at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email Follow on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too.

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