Durham’s first rainbow walk opens in Clarington

Clarington: The Mayor of Clarington and members of Council officially opened Durham Region’s first rainbow crosswalk in Bowmanville on Thursday night.

The LGBTQ community and other supporters were also on hand to dedicate Clarington’s rainbow crosswalk located on Mearns Avenue and Apple Blossom Boulevard.

The initiative promotes inclusion and acceptance for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community and was paid for in part by a group of residents who fund-raised half of the $8,000 of the cost to install and paint the crosswalk.

“We’re proud to be the first municipality in Durham Region to support this inclusive initiative,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster. “It’s obvious from the number of residents and local businesses who turned out to the dedication ceremony that support for the LGBTQ community in Clarington is strong,” Mayor Foster added.

In July 2018, a group of Clarington residents made a presentation to Council requesting a rainbow crosswalk in support of the LGBTQ community in Clarington. Council directed staff to report back, and in September 2018, report EGD-015-18 was presented to Council outlining possible locations and funding options.

Clarington’s first rainbow crosswalk was painted in late May 2019. But it was vandalized soon after.


Bowmanville Rainbow Crosswalk vandalism

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