17 animals on bicycles were painted along the 8th Ave bike route from 2 St NW to 6th NE. The Crescent Heights Community Association collaborated with the Renfrew Community Association on this project and added it to another project. Going door-to-door along 8th Avenue, volunteers would let people know that we would be painting on their street and to see if they wanted to join in. So many great neighbours were met through this experience and new community connections were made. People could come and paint and we also had supplies for bike decorating and chalk for drawing.
Every person involved thought that this was a fantastic thing being done and so much positive feedback and appreciation was received from around the community. With a dedicated artist, over 100 volunteers and over 100 participants, this project came at the cost of $9,500. A lot of time was spent negotiating with the City and the project was actually denied despite the five grants obtained between CHCA and RCA. However, with determination and perseverance, a PowerPoint presentation was created and presented to the Roads Department as well as Ward 7 and 8 councillors. Thus, the project gained approval and could move forward once again. This goes to show that a good idea and a dedicated team can make all the difference in a community!