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NOTL Pride: Rainbow crosswalk and bench locations approved
The new rainbow crosswalk will go across Anderson Lane in front of the community centre.
The new rainbow crosswalk will go across Anderson Lane in front of the community centre. Evan Saunders

A rainbow crosswalk and rainbow benches will be installed in Niagara-on-the-Lake after council unanimously approved the plan Monday.

The crosswalk will be installed at Anderson Lane and Niagara Stone Road, across the pedestrian crosswalk on the driveway into the community centre.

Even Coun. Gary Burroughs, who has been a vocal opponent of the crosswalk in Old Town, offered his support.

“As you know, I’ve not been a big supporter of the rainbow crosswalk but if it’s put on Anderson Lane at that point, I can support it,” Burroughs said during the July 25 meeting.

Councillors were given a report detailing the results of a rainbow crosswalk survey done by the town.

In all, 41 per cent of 224 survey respondents said they favoured the Anderson Lane location. The second-most popular spot was at the intersection of King and Front streets with 37 per cent.

The survey also asked if there was anyone interested in donating to the project. The town has $15,000 allotted for the work.

Twenty-two people said they would like to donate to the project and all provided their emails for follow up communication, the report says.

Five rainbow benches also will be installed after 62.5 per cent of respondents approved of the sites.

The locations are Mary and King streets, Centennial Sports Park, the Queenston firehall, Sparky’s Park and Niagara on the Green park. 

Lord Mayor Betty Disero also will be working with the diversity committee to host fundraising activities to further offset the costs of the installations.