Warren residents turn guard rail into art in Dave Grohl Alley

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — A vandal may have defaced the Dave Grohl Alley mural in Warren earlier this month, but since then, citizens have come together to repair the damage and make it better.

“When someone around here does something good, there’s always going to be someone who ruins it,” said Kenny Greco, Vice President of H.R. Evans Steel Company. “So why not make it better as a middle finger to the guy who tried to ruin it?”

Community helps ‘Erase/Replace’ Dave Grohl Alley

That’s why Warren businesses, and others from around the Valley are coming together in the latest restoration efforts to the alley after it was vandalized on April 5. This time they’re cutting musical notes out of steel to mount on an old guard rail.

“It’s about the look and we’re going to take out an old, ugly guard rail and give it that music look,” said Dave Grohl Alley Organizer Joe O’Grady.

The steel was donated to the project by H.R. Evans Steel in East Palestine and Youngstown-based Ken Greco Company.

“I didn’t like that Warren tried to do something good, someone decided to ruin it on purpose, so not only should it be fixed, but this kinda even makes it better than it was before,” Greco said.

“You know when you put a lot of time and effort and a lot of phone calls in and you see it come to fruition right here in front of your eyes, you’re like yes, yes, yes, yes, so it’s good stuff,” O’Grady added.

The alley, named after Warren native and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, has been under restoration since the damage was done.

Curtis Aquilera, 35, of Miami, Fla., is suspected of vandalizing the alley. He is facing felony vandalism and criminal damaging charges.


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