July 12, 2017 1:36 pm

Halifax’s rainbow crosswalks getting new coat of paint, 5 new locations

Rainbow crosswalks ring the intersection of Gottingen and Cornwallis streets in Halifax.

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A rainbow of colour is returning to Halifax and Dartmouth just in time for Pride as the municipality is set to repaint the rainbow crosswalks put in place last year and paint new crosswalks at five more locations.

Last year, the idea for painting the crosswalks was developed by the mayor’s office in collaboration with the LGBTQ community and Transportation and Public Works municipal staff to help celebrate Halifax Pride.

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The municipality says in a release the painting of the rainbow is its way of “showing its support” with the 2SLGBT2Q+ community.

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Municipally funded crosswalks at Gottingen and Cornwallis streets, Spring Garden Road and South Park Street, and Alderney Drive and Ochterloney Street are all getting repainted, while the previous Spring Garden Road and Barrington Street location will be replaced with rainbow colours at Spring Garden at Queen Street.

New pride-inspired crosswalks are also being painted, receiving funding in partnership with local area councillors and business improvement districts.

These crosswalks will be located at Millwood Drive at Sackville Drive, Cobequid at Sackville Drive, Portland Street at King Street, Leaside Drive at Sackville Drive and the Bedford Highway at Hammonds Plains Road.

The painting will take place after 12:30 a.m. and is expected to be completed next week.

“Diverse ideas and inclusive actions create stronger communities,” a release by the municipality reads.

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Though rainbows will take to the streets ahead of Pride, the municipality is reminding the public not to add artwork to municipal sidewalks. The release says some materials can become slippery in wet weather, especially when applied to sidewalks.

“It is in the interest of public safety that material, other than chalk, not be applied on the right of way by residents and business owners,” the release reads.

Halifax Pride Festival runs July 20 to July 30.

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