Let's Paint the Town

Repainting the Quiltwalks—Volunteers Needed!

Let's make sure downtown looks dazzling for the Fire Dept. Homecoming Carnival!

Please come out and help us repaint the quiltwalks at Second and Walnut Street on Saturday, April 30.  In case of rain, we will choose a different date.

Please call (304) 478-6009 or email parsonsontrac@gmail.com if you would like to help (so that we can make sure there are enough paintbrushes).

Colorful "Quiltwalks" Painted in Downtown Parsons

Two bright new crosswalks were painted by volunteers in downtown Parsons on Saturday.  The design of the crosswalks, inspired by the region's rich heritage of quilting, features traditional quilt block patterns, like the Ohio Star, the Card Trick and the Dutchman's Puzzle.

The quiltwalks are part of the "Paint the Town" project, a series of volunteer days held throughout the summer and fall. The goal of Paint the Town is to make visible improvements in downtown Parsons and get the community involved.  This colorful new addition is located at the intersection of Walnut Street and Second Street.

The idea of painting the crosswalks was inspired by Main Street Fairmont, where several crosswalk murals were painted earlier this year.

The quiltwalks were designed by AFHA AmeriCorps member Sydney Haltom. They were painted with traffic marking paint, designed to withstand the wear and tear of the road.

The City of Parsons provided funding for the paint. PRO ON TRAC is very grateful to have the support of the city government in beautifying Parsons.

Anyone interested in helping to make Parsons a better place to live is encouraged to attend a PRO ON TRAC meeting, email parsonsontrac@gmail.com, or call (304) 478-6009. Meetings are held the fourth Monday of every month at 6:30 in Parsons City Hall.

Painting the Town at Parsons Community Service Day

Over 50 people came out for the Second Annual Community Service Day. Students from West Virginia University, local high school students, volunteers, and community leaders got to work bright and early Saturday morning.  The volunteers were divided into groups for several projects: washing fire trucks, clearing debris around the pond, repainting the fire hall and the Mill Race Park stage, and working on the downtown buildings.

PRO ON TRAC chairman Jimmy Judy led one group of volunteers as they scraped, primed and painted trim and doorways along Front Street.  The sunny weather (except for one brief shower) made it a great day for painting—the green paint and white trim on the Bank Building door made an especially noticeable upgrade.  The scraping yielded less visible results, but it was an important step toward caulking and repainting the Bank Building windows, which will refresh the appearance of the whole block when completed.

We greatly appreciated the hard work of all the volunteers, and and we hope that the WVU service group will be back again next year!  In the meantime, we'll keep working on downtown.  Expect to see even more fresh paint on Front Street later this week, and look for new glass in the McDonald Building windows soon!

Team picture (before we were covered in sweat and paint).

Team picture (before we were covered in sweat and paint).

Before and After - Bank Building Side Door

Getting started on the Bank Building side door.

Getting started on the Bank Building side door.

Scraping old paint off of these window frames takes a lot of elbow grease.

Scraping old paint off of these window frames takes a lot of elbow grease.

Priming the McDonald Building center door.

Priming the McDonald Building center door.

AmeriCorps member Sydney Haltom applies a coat of primer to the McDonald Building door.

AmeriCorps member Sydney Haltom applies a coat of primer to the McDonald Building door.

Priming the McDonald Building center door.

Priming the McDonald Building center door.

Lunchtime at Mill Race Park.

Lunchtime at Mill Race Park.


Let's Paint the Town II

Last Saturday's Paint the Town volunteers demonstrated some serious elbow grease as they scraped old paint from window trim all along Front Street.  All this scraping will prepare the windows for a fresh coat of paint.

A special thank you to Megan Hudock at WBOY-TV, who helped bring the Parsons story to a wider audience.  Check out the WBOY coverage of the event here.

Thanks also to the City of Parsons for their support, especially allowing us to use the bucket truck.

Stay tuned for information about the next Paint the Town event sometime in August!

Let's Paint the Town

A very official and not at all silly team photo.  Several volunteers were off hauling away carpet scraps at the time of this picture.

A very official and not at all silly team photo.  Several volunteers were off hauling away carpet scraps at the time of this picture.

Saturday was too rainy for outdoor painting, but that didn't stop the Paint the Town crew from getting things done!  Instead, 15 intrepid volunteers headed up to the third floor of the historic Tucker County Bank Building, where they ripped through 76 years of musty carpet to reveal a beautiful hardwood floor.  This space was used as a Masonic Temple from 1903 to 2004, and we hope to restore it to be used as a gathering place once again.

The next Paint the Town event will be on Saturday, July 18.  We are hoping for sunshine so that we can get outside and paint!

Before and After

Before...

Before...

...and after!

...and after!