Justin Renteria, 210-207-0900
SAN ANTONIO (June 7, 2018) — Today, the San Antonio City Council unanimously approved a donation agreement with Pride San Antonio for the Pride-themed crosswalk at the intersection of Main and Evergreen. Over $20,000 was raised through direct contributions from individuals and organizations and through the sale of the 2018 Pride Crosswalk Fiesta medal. The donated funds will be combined with scheduled maintenance funds for a thermoplastic rainbow application, which is more durable than standard pavement paint. Councilman Treviño, who worked with LGBTQ+ advocates and pushed for the pilot crosswalk installation, provided the following statement:
“I am proud to have such a symbol of diversity and inclusion in the heart of District 1, neighboring the LGBTQ+ and Tobin Hill communities, and near the new Pride Center San Antonio office at Crockett Park. What’s more, installation will begin later this June during Pride month, and the work will be completed in time for the “Pride Bigger than Texas” Pride Parade and Festival.
The Pride crosswalk is yet another District 1 neighborhood art installation that reflects the community in which it is placed. Much like the Spurs and other cultural murals spread across the city, this crosswalk communicates what we value as a city, and that is compassion and inclusivity. Furthermore, the colors that the LGBTQ+ rainbow stands for life, healing, sunlight, nature, peace, and spirit, and I feel those are also the ingredients for a healthy city.
Thank you to all who supported the Pride crosswalk either financially or by donating your time through advocacy efforts like the Chalk it Up crosswalk last year. This pilot program had broad community support every step of the way, and I look forward to seeing where this initiative heads. I hope to see similar art pieces, which embody the values of the surrounding community, installed in different corners of the city going forward.”
As part of the pilot program, Transportation Capital Improvements (TCI) will monitor the crosswalk installation for a six month period to gather information for future policy discussion. Information such as community response, vandalism reports, requests for maintenance, and crash information will be collected by TCI and presented to the City Council Transportation Committee at a future date.