Thea Digiammerino

Simsbury Crosswalk Celebrates Diversity and Inclusion

A colorful Simsbury crosswalk is catching the eyes of drivers and joggers along Ironhouse Boulevard.

It’s paying homage to National Pride Month.

On Monday, the town’s selectman unanimously approved a declaration to celebrate diversity and inclusion.

Red, orange, green, blue, yellow and purple fill the entrance of the Rotary Parkway.

Simsbury Public Works added the final touches on Wednesday. The goal is to unite residents of different backgrounds.

Jane Donahue couldn’t wait for the start of the Talcott Mountain Music Festival to see the new addition.

“I just think it’s amazing,” said Donahue. “I think it’s beautiful and we love it,”

The array of colors reflecting off the ground show a clear message.

Cheryl Cook is a town selectman and leader of the community and diversity inclusion committee.

“We want to express our desire to celebrate diversity and inclusivity in our community,” Cook said. “There is still a feeling of isolation, fear and rejection.”

The glamourous facelift made its official debut on Wednesday.

Bryan Cosham is a part of the LGBTQ community and long-time resident.

“We really feel supported and loved that people want it to become permanent,” said Cosham “The crosswalk is a way for kids to feel themselves and to become what they want to be.”

The Board of Selectmen is set to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 5 at 5 p.m.

The Talcott Mountain Music Festival will kick off on June 28 at 7:30 p.m.

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