Lorna Seip, manager of Two Girls On A Roll, provided the labour for free to paint the crosswalk. (Submitted photo)

Rainbow crosswalk plan gets council support in Hope

Council writing letter of support to community group for crosswalk project

A rainbow crosswalk has gotten the green light from Hope council, after a 4-3 vote in chambers Aug. 27.

Councillors Bob Erickson, Dusty Smith and Craig Traun opposed giving support to the Hope and Area Transition Society’s (HATS) plans for a rainbow crosswalk at Park St. and 4th Ave., the northeast corner of Memorial Park in downtown Hope.

The crosswalk painting would be covered off by the grant that HATS is applying for, through the Canadian Experiences Fund. The plan would also cover the cost of maintenance for five years.

The initial presentation was given to council in July, by Bonnie Millward and Tamara Young from HATS.

“We are not asking for money,” Millward said at that meeting. “We are just asking for permission, and maybe a letter of support.”

READ MORE: Rainbow crosswalk could come to Hope

The decision to give that support was made at the Aug. 27 council meeting, after a brief discussion among council members.

“It’s become a symbol of inclusiveness for all and I hope that’s what Hope is all about,” said Coun. Scott Medlock.

But others weren’t so positive that a rainbow crosswalk would be a beacon of hope.

“You’re going to see hatred toward it,” said Coun. Dusty Smith. “I don’t think saying ‘no’ is hurting people as much as vandalism to it would.”

He suggested council move toward doing something unique in Hope to show inclusiveness, such as decorating a lamp post.

“Let’s not follow in the footsteps of everyone else,” Smith said.

Coun. Craig Traun said he is “neutral” to the idea but in the end voted against it, as did Coun. Bob Erickson.

Erickson asked if they approved the crosswalk, then what other groups would want one.

“It’s about being inclusive, it’s not about a special interest group,” Mayor Peter Robb said. He said he received more positive letters for it than negative ones.

“And I don’t see it as a negative,” he added.

He also noted that there are a few in Chilliwack now, too. Chilliwack council has turned down a request for a rainbow crosswalk on public property, but several First Nations bands have painted them on their property, including Eagle Landing. A Chilliwack family also decided to paint a portion of their driveway in rainbow colours to show inclusiveness.

The creation of the rainbow crosswalk in Hope will now rest in the hands of HATS and their application success.

READ MORE: Chilliwack homeowners get rainbow driveway after city rejects rainbow crosswalk

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Unusual smell in water’ not a health concern, says City of Abbotsford

Odour is just temporary due to treatment-plant maintenance, city says

‘Agitated’ man pulls out knife on 3 people in Abbotsford

Witnesses sought for incident on Monday night near city hall

Man charged with hit-and-run that killed pedestrian in Abbotsford

Man in his 50s died after being struck by vehicle on Highway 11 in October 2019

Fraser Valley Bandits reflect on 2020 turnaround

Abbotsford-based CEBL team goes from worst to almost first at Summer Series

Vedder River gets reprieve from gravel removal this summer

Applications withdrawn by river management committee and process concluded for 2020

Canucks ride momentum into NHL playoff series against defending Stanley Cup champs

PREVIEW: Vancouver opens against St. Louis on Wednesday

Man, 54, charged in connection with fatal attack of Red Deer doctor

Doctor was killed in his walk-in clinic on Monday

One dead as fish boat sinks off southern Vancouver Island

Shawnigan Lake-registered Arctic Fox II went down off Cape Flattery, west of Victoria

42 more people test positive for COVID-19 in B.C.

The province has recorded no new deaths in recent days

Joe Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington

Displaced tenant ‘heartbroken’ to find Langley City condo robbed after fire

Wedding rings of Michelle Buchan’s have since been recovered, but much is still missing

Canucks fan risks life to celebrate at Surrey intersection

‘All fun and games until somebody falls out an open side door of the van’

FoodMesh taking its emergency food recovery project nationwide

Pilot project in Chilliwack helped show that food surpluses could be diverted to charities in need

Most Read