Business Owners, Greenway Volunteers Upset About Trail Vandalism

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

The Hawksbill Greenway that runs through Luray is closed in some sections after Luray Police say a gang vandalized the trail.

Police believe five people are responsible for it and they'll be arrested when the investigation is finished.

This isn't the first time vandalism at this greenway has happened.

People in town say a few years ago someone set a portable toilet on fire which caused about $1,000 worth of damage.

This time, vandals set another toilet on fire.

People are upset others would damage something that's used so much by the community.

Police say the group is behind $7,000 worth of damage.

Hawksbill Greenway advocates can't believe someone could tear the greenway up.

"I was both saddened and irate that criminals would do the damage that they have done to such a beautiful trail," said Margaret Stevenson with the Luray Hawksbill Greenway Foundation.

"This could not have been one or two individuals who had done this damage. There were plates that were attached to the railings, metal railings that they had to have rocked it back and forth. They literally twisted the metal. They really had to have put some muscle into it... From what I understand, they injured the ducks," said Stevenson.

The railings were thrown into the creek and there are burn marks left behind from the fire set in the portable toilets.

The group also spray painted graffiti.

"That kind of stuff just doesn't make any sense, I don't know why someone would do that," said Robert Dolan, Jr.

Dolan co-owns Hawksbill Bicycles and his customers often test ride their bikes on the greenway.

Now they can't do that on every part of the trail, because certain areas are closed.

"People use it all the time, I mean you know it snows, people want to know when the greenway is going to be plowed," said Dolan.

Dolan said the damage affects the entire community.

"When you vandalize parts of the community you hurt everyone, you know everyone that relays on this greenway and enjoys spending time there, so it impacts all of us." said Dolan.

Hawksbill Greenway volunteers have a message for the people behind the damage.

"[I'd like for] their identities to be publicized so that they can be humiliated. I would also like to see them to pay for the damages they have done," said Stevenson.

Stevenson said the trail should be open n a few weeks after the town cleans up all the damage.

They want to eventually take the greenway and expand it another mile.

That option has been submitted to the Luray Town Council, so the next step would be getting it approved. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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