Blue Mountains Council has approved the installation of two Pride crosswalks in the town, with a third possibility to be further investigated by staff.
At its May 16 Committee of the Whole meeting, council approved a staff recommendation to proceed with the installation of two Pride crosswalks – one in downtown Thornbury at Bruce Street North and Highway 26 (Century 21 and New Orleans Pizza crosswalk) and one at Jozo Weider Blvd. and Village Crescent (main parking lot at Blue Mountain Resort). The budget for each location must not exceed $10,000.
Council also directed staff to seek a third location for the Pride crosswalk near Beaver Valley Community School in Thornbury.
City staff were able to gather information from nearby communities, Collingwood, Meaford, Owen Sound and Wasaga Beach, regarding the installation of a Pride crosswalk. The city will use thermoplastic paint, which has a lifespan of five years.
Additionally, the city received a grant of $2,500 for the project from the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce and $1,500 from the Rainbow Club of South Georgian Bay.
The crosswalk staff report also identified two other locations: Marsh Street and Clark Street in Clarksburg and the Beaver Valley School crossing on Bruce Street.
Board members have expressed safety concerns regarding the school and Clarksburg locations.
Councilor Paula Hope urged her colleagues to make the Beaver Valley Community School a priority.
“That’s the audience we’re trying to reach,” said Hope, who said it would be a “missed opportunity” not to locate a Pride crosswalk at the school crossing.
General Manager Shawn Everitt said city staff will return to the school for further discussions on whether to use a sidewalk or school property instead of the crossing.
“The sidewalk idea is a pretty cool option,” Everitt said. “We will work with the school and the parent council.”
Council voted 5-0 in favor of the Pride crosswalk initiative. Mayor Alar Soever and Councilor Jim Uram were absent.