This Mississauga neighbourhood is getting a colourful makeover


Published July 29, 2022 at 3:30 pm

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An area of Mississauga is getting a colourful makeover transforming streets and sidewalks with murals, play pods and painted games.

The Jaguar Valley and Dundas St. area in Cooksville just got new murals from artists Jieun June Kim and Andre Kan.

The City of Mississauga commissioned STEPS Initiative, a public art organization, to work on two guardrail murals on Jaguar Valley and a ground mural on Dundas Street in Cooksville.

The murals complement the Sharing Lanes play pods on Jaguar Valley, and act as a backdrop for community activity, leisure and gathering, according to Mississauga Culture.

Kim’s guardrail murals come in her signature style with jaguars running along Jaguar Valley, along with colourful shapes and whimsical scenery on Dundas St.

Kan’s ground mural design is influenced by interconnection and gathering shown in the free floating objects within an abstract landscape.

The birds resemble unity and migration as a reference to all the different cultures that have migrated from all of the world and now live in Cooksville.

The murals are part of Sharing Lanes, a tactical urbanism project that will see temporary, people-friendly gathering places installed along select streets in the city’s downtown and Cooksville neighbourhoods.

“The project’s main goal is to put people first by making our streets inviting and accessible for all,” Mississauga Culture states.

As the project continues residents will see sidewalks with whimsical new seating, painted games along the boulevard and additional planters and greenery.

There will be streets where one lane is replaced with safe community space including lounging spaces, library programming, music-based play equipment, chalkboards and natural game boards.

The plans also include a bicycle repair station and a solar phone charging station.

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