The sandwich boards were painted at the same time as the mural on the back of the theater in the shopping center. Leddy Park's entrance for vehicular traffic was narrow, with no sidewalks or shoulder, so children on bikes, mothers with baby strollers, and elderly people walking accessed the park from the shopping center. The back of the theater faced a children's playground and it was plagued with graffiti. The area was neglected. It was full of weeds, scrub brush and poison ivy. It was dark and scary. Drug dealing and drinking were witnessed by neighbors, and it had a bad reputation.
The NPA organized a mural painting. Area businesses generously donated materials, professional artists and area teachers participated, and volunteers came from the neighborhoods to watch and help. The mural took two days to paint. When it was finished, we cut down the brush, planted a wildflower garden along the fence, asked the police to patrol the area, and asked the Parks Dept to bring in a few picnic tables and keep the area mowed to control the poison ivy.
|(Back L-R) Jamie, Jelani, Jamal, Colby. Front: Chad, Dana|