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On August 23 and 24, 2019 artists will paint five new murals at the Booth-Kelly trailhead of the Mill Race path, in downtown Springfield. This year’s theme is “It’s All Connected.” The murals will ‘flow’ from one to another toward a vegetated stormwater treatment area at the trailhead, complementing the five murals installed there in 2018.
2019 UpStream Art Community Events
- Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., community members are invited to watch artists paint their murals. View the event poster for more details.
- Saturday, August 24, 9 a.m., Willamette River Festival– As part of this community-wide celebration of the Willamette River, join a group bike ride from Alton Baker Park in Eugene to the Booth-Kelly trailhead in Springfield. You’ll see and talk with artists who will be painting the newest UpStream Art murals at the trailhead. The tour will continue onto the Mill Race path, where stormwater experts from the City of Springfield will meet participants to interpret the recent restoration project completion and other clean water features installed along the path. Participants will return to Alton Baker Park for the Willamette River Festival Opening Ceremony. For more details and to register go to the Willamette River Festival website here.
- Saturday, September 7, 10 a.m., Community Bike Ride– Join the City of Springfield and Safe Routes to School for a 8.5-mile family-friendly bike ride along Springfield’s Mill Race path. You’ll learn about unique stormwater features including five new UpStream Art murals, and about how to safely and confidently ride your bike. Children’s bicycles (middle-school sized with a limited number of bikes for smaller children), a limited number of adult bicycles, and helmets will be available to use for free! Registration is required and will be available soon. We appreciate community members who may have been interested in this bike ride. However, due to other resourcing needs it has been cancelled.
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Since 2016, the UpStream Art project has brought to life 16 unique murals on storm drains in downtown Springfield. Click here for a map of storm drain mural locations. The murals raise awareness of the importance of storm drains and their connection to our rivers. Pollutants such as oil, trash, and pet waste are harmful to water quality and aquatic life. Everyone can protect local waterways through simple, everyday actions.
Interested in holding a storm drain mural project in your community? Read our frequently asked questions.