Street art in memory of teen killed in car crash won’t be immediately removed, city says

Skate park at Abbotsford Recreation Centre has been decorated to honour Jorden Child

The city says it won’t immediately remove street art painted at a local skate park in memory of an Abbotsford teen who died in a car crash.

Jorden Child died last Monday after the car he was in hit a tree in the Chilliwack River Valley. A vigil was held that night at the skate park at Abbotsford Recreation Centre, and the site has since been decorated with art and graffiti – some refined, some less so.

Although some students have expressed worries that the art will be removed soon, a spokesperson for the city said the skate park will be left for the time being.

“While the City typically removes graffiti and conducts clean-ups of our Parks within 24 hours, the skate park adjacent to Abbotsford Recreation Centre is being left at this time to allow for the community to grieve,” spokesperson Alex Mitchell wrote in an email. “The City has met with, and will be continuing to engage with the youth and others users of the skate park to collaborate on how the park can remain safe and accessible for all users, while also recognizing community efforts for an enduring way to remember the young man.”

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