Three weeks ago, excitement, laughter and music filled the streets in front of Pueblo Gardens Prek-8 School as nearly 300 students, families, and neighbors came together to transform their street during the Pueblo Gardens Block [Painting] Party (Fiesta en la Calle). Menor Stravenue received splashes of color as families painted the street, sidewalk and crosswalk along this corridor that so many kiddos traverse by foot. Two of the intersection murals were designed by students from the school who had been anticipating the painting party for weeks.
While the intent of the project – made possible through a KaBOOM Play Everywhere Challenge grant – is to create opportunities for play, beautify the school community and help signal to drivers a space intended for kids, the project process has been even more valuable than the outcome. Playful Gardens became an act of love by neighbors and a testament to the power of collaboration, as everyone could be part of creating this beautiful space for their neighborhood. As one father said, “It was a beautiful day. It taught my son how to live together with his community.”
Before Thanksgiving break, the students celebrated the playful improvements during a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Tucson Unified School District along with local dignitaries, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Councilmember Richard Fimbres, and Pima County Supervisor Ramón Valadez. The street continues to see the implementation of final project components and is set to be completed by the end of December.
Click here to check out more beautiful pictures of families and friends working together, or view this brief walk-through of the area, this video from the Block Party, of this video from the Ribbon Cutting.