The Port Stanley BIA has unveiled it's most recent beautification project at the
corner of Edith Cavell Blvd. and William St. How fitting that it coincides with
the 50th year of Pride celebrations! The Port Stanley BIA is comprised of all of
the business owners in the BIA area who pay an annual levy towards promotion and
beautification. Those funds are then managed by a volunteer board. A portion of
this years levy paid the bill and Mike Karda and Ted Halwa were the lead volunteers
on the project to have the rainbow cross walks installed.
"The best part of the project was that unlike what some other municipalities have
experienced, the project had full support right from the start" says Carol Gates,
Chair of the BIA. Dianne Morgan was the citizen who brought it to the attention
of the BIA that this is a moment worth celebrating. " I thought it was important
because I have seen the struggle in other municipalities across the country to make
this important project happen. Our village is welcoming and inclusive and our Council
is a supportive one -- our rainbow crosswalk is a gleaming symbol of this. With
the month of June 2019 marking the 50th year of Pride, there is no better time to
celebrate everything the LGBTQ rainbow signifies." says Morgan.
BIA Board Member, Councillor Colleen Row, Councillor for Ward 1 Port Stanley stated
"I appreciate everything the BIA is doing to beautify Port Stanley!" While Port
Stanley is known as a village that is incredibly inclusive all year round, the rainbow
cross walks are a terrific symbol of that. "Everyone is welcome in Port Stanley!"
said Mike Karda, lead on the project.
The colours are made of vinyl and should be durable and last for up to 10 years.