Willamalane Begins Work on a 60 x 35-foot Mural at Willamalane Park

Project will be unveiled at 75th Anniversary Community Celebration on September 29 and will allow all event attendees the opportunity to paint a section of the mural.
 
Muralist Bayne Gardner and Willamalane Superintendent Michael Wargo stand in front of the early outlines of the mural outside Willamalane Park Swim CenterArtist Bayne Gardner has begun painting a new mural on the exterior of Willamalane Park Swim Center at 1276 G. Street in Springfield, OR. The mural will celebrate the Springfield community and commemorate Willamalane’s 75th anniversary as a Park and Recreation District.
 
The mural, which was paid for through sponsorships from PacificSource Health Plans and the Springfield Arts Commission, will be developed over the first two weeks of September. Then, at Willamalane’s 75th Anniversary Community Celebration, the mural will be unveiled to the public and all event attendees will have the chance to sign and/or paint an illustration on the bottom section of the mural.
 
“The 75th Anniversary Community Celebration is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the Springfield community,” said Michael Wargo, Superintendent of Willamalane. “This mural will capture that spirit of community and togetherness Willamalane has shared with Springfield for 75 years. This mural will allow everyone the chance to leave their personal mark on a permanent mural at the district’s first park, and that’s the kind of legacy we want this project to represent.”
 
Artist Bayne Gardner was selected for the project based on his previous experience working on large-scale murals and working with people of all ages on collaborative art projects. “When I heard the vision of what [Willamalane] wanted to do, I got very intrigued by the project. The wall itself has been a challenging surface to work with, but I’m really excited about the design and having the chance to involve the public with putting the finishing touches on the mural will be really special,” said Gardner.
 
For more information about the project or the 75th Anniversary Community Celebration, please contact Kenny Weigandt, Community Engagement Program Manager at Willamalane Park and Recreation District, at 541-736-4531.
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