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Colorful new community crosswalks coming to Melrose at Pike and Pine

Rendering of the coming soon community crosswalk (Images: Melrose Promenade)

The Melrose Promenade community group dedicated to transforming the street into a ” distinctive neighborhood greenway” has unveiled the winning design for new painted crosswalks capping the avenue at Pike and Pine.

Artist Sarah Snedeker’s “Poem Dazzle” concept, which borrows “angles and shapes” from the facades of buildings “as well as the Starbucks window,” was selected in a community vote this summer.

The new community crosswalks will be installed in coming weeks, the group announced Tuesday. “We’re grateful to local artist Sarah Snedeker for devoting her time and creativity to helping us bring to life this latest component of the Melrose Promenade vision, and to the Berger Partnership and SDOT for their technical expertise!,” the announcement reads.

The project is part of a $90,000 slate of improvements powered by the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund.

Last November, CHS reported on the Melrose Promenade group’s success in driving an initiative to create a safer crosswalk across Pike at Melrose that was boosted by the presence of the Starbucks Roastery. In that project, “high pedestrian demand” — read: Starbucks and the nearby Melrose Market — pushed SDOT to move up the schedule for a previously awarded project “using funds made available through construction savings on 2015 projects,” SDOT officials told CHS.

Melrose’s community crosswalk is part of the Pike/Pine rainbow-inspired program being rolled out across the city. The street also has a new streatery parklet in front of Mamnoon.

The group is now ready to start planning more improvements on Melrose and will hold the first of three public meetings with the city and the Berger Partnership “to update the overall project vision and inform the future design of the ‘Active/Urban’ section at the southern terminus of the Melrose Promenade.”

“We are grateful to the City’s Department of Neighborhoods for the Neighborhood Matching Fund grant that is making this exciting next installment of our project possible,” they write.

The first meeting will be held Tuesday, October 17th at 6 PM at The Summit, 420 E Pike.


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