Families from Mission View Elementary to take back their streets

This Thursday, Mission View Elementary School will be closing down their street from car traffic and opening it up for students, families and neighbors to come together to celebrate the end of another successful school year.  During the block party families also will be participating in a beautification project, together creating a colorful corridor that will increase the safety and visibility of families traveling on foot and on bike.

Families take a walk together around Mission View campus.

This close-knit school community only has about 200 students with many of the families living in the nearby neighborhoods. However, with no crossing guard and no designated school zone, parents are nervous to let their children walk or bike alone.  The school is located on the future 8th Avenue Bicycle Boulevard and with the recently paved El Paso Southwestern Greenway only steps away, there is a lot of  potential to safely connect families biking and walking to Mission View and other nearby destinations. Over the course of several parent meetings which included a walk-about and traffic observations, families identified several specific areas that they would like to improve in order to increase

“Testing out” the traffic circle at school arrival and observing cars already slowing down.

visibility, slow down cars, and simply create beautiful public  spaces for their children.

During the block party, the school will tackle one of those areas and focus their efforts on the intersection of 8th Avenue and 36th Street, which is one of the school crossings. Led by local artist Mel Dominguez, families will be painting a large intersection mural with imagery inspired by students.  Flex posts and large planters will delineate a traffic circle and serve to slow down cars at this four-way stop.

Taking advantage of the car-free streets, students are encouraged to bring their bicycles for repair provided by Cicli Noe and cruise through the bike rodeo provided by Pima County Health Department.  While students will be working hard, painting and filling planters, a dj spinning tunes and yummy food will make the work feel more like play.

Stay tuned for updates and photos featuring the final design!

Mel Dominguez engages students in the design process.

Students share their ideas of art to incorporate in the mural.

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