Creative Crosswalks Project Beautifies City of Lompoc
Santa Barbara Foundation - Posted: September 9, 2015 On Friday, August 21, 2015 four crosswalks in Lompoc at the intersection of South H Street and Cypress Street were transformed into beautiful works of art as part of the Creative Crosswalks project. Thanks to a new and nontraditional collaboration, the newly painted crosswalks were unveiled at Lompoc's Olde Town Market – a weekly celebration held on the 100 block of South H Street during the summer months. "I feel honored to be a part of this inaugural project in our community and hope it is the first of many," said JoAnne Plummer, recreation manager for the City of Lompoc. "To see the smiles on the faces of children, adults, community leaders on the afternoon of the installation was so incredible. It is the result of teamwork and community pride at its best in Lompoc!” It all started when the City of Lompoc's recreation staff had an idea to make the city look and feel more fun. Staff approached the Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization and the Healthy Lompoc Coalition with the idea. Healthy Lompoc has been advocating for walkability and pedestrian safety in Lompoc for years. Working together, the agencies uncovered research supporting the many benefits of enhancements, like creative crosswalks, in downtown business regions. Beautification and walkability improvements near local businesses are known to increase foot traffic, which in turn is associated with increased economic activity. Encouraged by this information, the Lompoc Chamber of Commerce, City of Lompoc Economic Development Commission and Lompoc Valley Arts Council were each invited to lend their respective expertise to the project. With the collaboration complete, they sought and were awarded funding from the Santa Barbara Foundation to develop and install the first creative crosswalk in Lompoc. "Creative Crosswalks serves as a great example of how a project can fit into the multiple and varying goals of a city. This project promotes healthy people, a robust economy and a vivid art scene for Lompoc, proving that priorities don't need to be mutually exclusive," said Ashley Costa, executive director of the Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization. "With some creativity, energy and the right partners in place, something as simple as painting crosswalks can strengthen culture and community identity." The four designs selected were chosen from more than 50 entries by local artists. The artists with the winning designs include Dionne Lugue, golden poppy design; Devyn Adams, historic native symbols; and Marlee Bedford, artist supply design, and wine bottles and glasses. A video of the Creative Crosswalks project by Flying Above is available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8w5sJlLBtI&sns=em.