Coldstream’s first rainbow crosswalk was installed Friday night at Kal Beach. (Richard Rolke/Morning Star)

Rainbow crosswalk shines in Coldstream

A rainbow has risen in Coldstream.

The community’s first rainbow crosswalk was installed Friday night on Kalamalka Road, at Kal Beach.

“I think the location is appropriate as Kal Beach is one of the major gathering places for people in the area and one of the Coldstream’s major entrances,” said Mayor Jim Garlick.

“It is a high-traffic area and visible to a large number of people. I hope that it is accepted as a positive addition to the community.”

Council agreed last year to the rainbow crosswalk after several residents lobbied for the feature, and particularly students from Kalamalka Secondary School.

“It was supported as showing our community is open and inclusive of all,” said Garlick.

The district had budgeted between $5,000 and $7,000 for the project but final costs are not known yet.

“There was additional work carried out due to the deteriorated pavement surface between the original white markings. This required repaving to provide a base so that the paint will last,” said Garlick.

“This has added to the original cost estimate but would likely have been required at some point soon anyway.”