Artistic Crosswalks at Mt. Vernon Park 2021

Mt. Vernon Park is a beautiful neighborhood on Fort Wayne’s southeast side. It’s 1940’s era homes have plenty of green space and big trees. Thanks to Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries ( ) the sidewalks are being repaired too. Unfortunately, the aging infrastructure still makes it difficult for students to walk to the neighborhood elementary school (

Bridge of Grace secured a grant from AARP to develop artistic painted crosswalks that help children get to and from school, and outdoor signage that identify a 1/2 mile walking path for the neighborhood. The art was designed by local muralist Matt Plett ( and they asked the ATC to help construct the pieces.

On a hot August day in 2021 nearly a dozen ATC members showed up and volunteered 65+ man hours to paint pavement, and install sidewalk signage.

Students of Levan Scott Academy walked into school using the unpainted crosswalks, but walked home on the freshly, and brightly painted crosswalks. ATC members watches as kids exclaimed, “oh wow!” and stood staring at the artwork.

The Active Transportation Coalition was honored to be part of this project and we’re excited to see how the facilities will be used and improved in years to come.

If you or your neighborhood would like to do a similar project we are here to help! Have a look at the resources on our website, and reach out through our contact form to get started.

Learn more about the City’s sidewalk repair program:

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Learn more about Fort Wayne’s Painted Pavement Program on their site: