Vandals Tag New Tunnels; Reward Offered

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CLEVELAND -- Last month, Cleveland Councilman Matt Zone was celebrating the opening of the pedestrian tunnels that connect the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood to Edgewater Park.

(Painters covering up the graffiti included Mark Zinni and Matt Zone)

(Painters covering up the graffiti included Mark Zinni and Matt Zone)

Thursday morning, he promised to find and prosecute the person or people responsible for vandalizing them.

Zone posted a picture of the graffiti on his Facebook page, asking the public for help in identifying the culprit.

He also mentioned a $1,000 reward.

The tunnels stretch from West 76th Street in Battery Park, under railroad tracks and the highway, to the beach.

When it opened, Zone told Fox 8 News the public walkway is another sign of progress in the city.

“You know, when people choose a place where they wanna call home, they want a quality of life and right now – in this neighborhood – you’re getting a high quality of life,” said Zone.

(Tunnel after graffiti covered)

(Tunnel after graffiti covered)

People were painting over the graffiti on Thursday night.

By 6:30 p.m., the graffiti was gone.