Armstrong, BC – – The City of Armstrong is thrilled to announce the addition of the Armstrong Pride sidewalk located at the intersection of Smith Drive and Smith Road in front of the Caboose.
The new addition marks the beginning of collaboration with community members to celebrate and honour the diversity of our citizens and the LGBTQ2S+ community.
“The LGBTQ2S+ community is world-wide and represents every nationality and every religion. I trust our community and by recognizing and celebrating pride we will continue to make our city vibrant and inclusive. We should all want to live in a community where LGBTQ2S+ friends and family members can feel safe, accepted and celebrated,” said City of Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper.
City of Armstrong Council and Staff are grateful to work with the Armstrong Pride Society in the creation of the Armstrong Pride Sidewalk. We hope that the addition of the rainbow sidewalk will show our efforts in remaining to be a welcoming and encouraging community for all citizens as we continue to show our pride, spirit and vision for our future together.
Council and Staff met with the Armstrong Pride Society members on multiple occasions to discuss the project and determine the most feasible options for the longevity of the tribute. While the familiar pride crosswalk was considered, consultation with staff and the Armstrong Pride Society members determined that a sidewalk is the preferred option as it mitigates the long-term costs to maintain a crosswalk due to the wear and tear of vehicular traffic, winter road conditions, maintenance operations and vandalism. The Armstrong Pride Society is currently undergoing fundraising efforts to be put to the overall cost and maintenance of the painted sidewalk.
The official unveiling of the Armstrong Pride sidewalk hosted by the Armstrong Pride Society will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2022. There will be a celebration that follows the unveiling at Armstrong Memorial Park from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. This event is organized by the Armstrong Pride Society, for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.