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Ochoa community to transform school intersection with paint party

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Posted at 6:12 AM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 08:12:21-05

TUCSON, Ariz. -- It's a special neighborhood block party with the goal of transforming the intersection of 8th Ave. and 25th St. on November 15th.

The Living Streets Alliance, Ochoa Community School and John Valenzuela Youth Center are teaming up to host a neighborhood block party. Students, families and neighbors are invited to paint the intersection into a colorful school crossing. The new look is said to both beautify the street and increase safety and visibility of those walking and biking to school.

The Ochoa Block Painting Party will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. near Ochoa Community School. The event will be led by local artist Mel Dominguez (Galeria Mitotera). According to a news release, families will paint a large intersection mural with imagery inspired by students. Flex posts and large planters will surround the mural, forming a traffic circle that will serve to slow down cars going through the school zone.

During the block party, families are encouraged to bring their bicycles for free repair.