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Peachland paints the town rainbow

Peachland's rainbow crosswalk painted Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
May 13, 2020 - 4:50 PM

The paint is just starting to dry on Peachland’s rainbow sidewalk and already it’s brightening up the pedestrian-friendly walkway.

The rainbow runs the length of Peachland's old schoolhouse, offering a slightly different take on what's an increasingly common sight in cities and towns across the B.C., as well as the globe.  The symbol of inclusion is usually reserved for crosswalks but Peachland had another take.

“It will be like walking on a rainbow rather than crossing it,” a District staffer said when discussions on the colourful sidewalk happened in December.

The rainbow was pitched toward the end of last year and then for a variety of reasons, the idea was shelved. It was later approved in December after councillors listened to a presentation by town resident Peter Diniz, where he outlined the history and the symbolism and how its meaning has changed over time.

“It’s evolved to include diversity and inclusion,” he said.

The cost associated with the crosswalk is an estimated $4,000.

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