We have a pink bridge in Huntington. It might take some people by surprise, but around here we know what it means.
A guy named Jason Sansom painted one of the bridges at Ritter Park pink to raise awareness about breast cancer. It makes a subtle statement, and personally I like it and what it stands for.
A lot of other people were not amused. They were offended by the color, they thought it was inappropriate in that setting and they thought it might lower property values.
There was a lot of back and forth, a little debate among local politicians and then some national news coverage. This little visual statement went a long way.
This weekend I took my family to Ritter Park. It was our first visit there, and I will admit that the reason I wanted to go was to see the pink bridge. We have nice parks closer to home, but I only know of one pink bridge. And as I have friends fighting their own battles, I wanted a photo of that bridge.
I like the quiet reminder.
I thought it was a lovely, pale pink. In my pictures it’s nearly white. I can’t see it as offensive, and can’t imagine that it would drop property values.
I hope the bridge will stay pink. They’ve said it will through 2007, but after that I don’t know. I think it made a nice landmark, and I liked taking my family there and explaining to them why a bridge would be pink.
Ritter Park was lovely and I have more pictures that I will share later. The main point of our trip was the bridge, so I wanted to show that first.