The Happy Valley Community Crossroads project was designed to bring neighbors together and to reclaim a small piece of the road as a gathering place for that neighborhood.
The project was started in part by
Last spring they worked to gather support for the idea from neighbors, the
"A lot of our process was rallying neighbors," Walters said.
They held a series of meetings, where residents voiced concerns and ideas, and discussed where the painting could be placed. Funding was offered from a grant The Table received for community development.
Suggestions for the location initially included the intersection of
That particular spot captures the character of
"I just want people to beware when they get to the intersection," Clark said.
However, neighborhood association president
"It's intricate enough to appeal, but not busy enough to distract drivers," Spaich said of the colorful, floral design. "It could serve as a traffic-calming device."
"I call this our happy roundabout," Mangels said.
The brightly decorated intersection is the first project of its kind for
"Half my friends didn't believe me," Willow said of winning the vote.
His design, which he said started as a pinwheel but turned into a flower, went up against others submitted mostly by adults.
Fittingly, Willow was actually born at a home just a few blocks from the project, said his mother,
With paint on their hands and smiles on their faces, dozens of volunteers gathered throughout the morning and into the afternoon Saturday to paint the petals, drink coffee, listen to live music and mingle in the temporarily closed road.
"I think this is as beautiful an event as you can get with just people standing on a street corner," Spaich said.
The project could continue to grow, perhaps with the addition of a bench or a little library box, Walters said, but that will be up to the community.
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