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Fairmont shows off its creative crosswalks

Times West Virginian photo by Tammy Shriver Tony Cirota (left) and Colleen Usary look at the koi pond crosswalk, painted by Jason Stalnaker, near Palatine Park. The koi pond crosswalk is one of eight painted crosswalks in the downtown Fairmont area.
Times West Virginian photo by Tammy Shriver
Tony Cirota (left) and Colleen Usary look at the koi pond crosswalk, painted by Jason Stalnaker, near Palatine Park. The koi pond crosswalk is one of eight painted crosswalks in the downtown Fairmont area.

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Shoes of all kinds will walk, skip and stomp across the new Project CANVAS crosswalks this week as their owners explore the Walkable Blocks Scavenger Hunt.

Main Street Fairmont, along with the Growing Healthy Communities Program, launched a self-guided scavenger hunt for families and community members to enjoy colorful crosswalks and bike racks throughout the city throughout the Project CANVAS innative.

 The brochure for the event said Project CANVAS “uses public art to inspire residents to reimagine the city, reclaim vacant and underutilized buildings and lots and use innovative tools to steer Fairmont’s long range planning.”

Christa Blais, the owner of All Things Herbal and board member of Main Street Fairmont, said many different groups took part in making the crosswalks and bike racks come to life.

“They had the school kids involved,” she said. “They had different artists involved, so it has been a community-wide project.

“All of it has been more than just some paint on the road. It’s getting people all connected and making them feel like our town is really cool…

 

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