Pedestrians cross the newly repainted rainbow sidewalk downtown on Thursday, June 16, 2022. Painting of the crosswalk was delayed by supply chain issues. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Pedestrians cross the newly repainted rainbow sidewalk downtown on Thursday, June 16, 2022. Painting of the crosswalk was delayed by supply chain issues. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

No paint, no gain: Downtown crosswalk gets belated touch-up

The rainbow crosswalk bursts into full vibrancy again as Juneau celebrates Pride Month.

Juneau’s rainbow crosswalk received an annual touch-up this week as the paint was renewed from another year of wear and tear.

The paint was paid for completely by fundraising at no cost to the city, said Steve SueWing, who helped get the original crosswalk painted and continues to fundraise for it.

“It’s paid for this year and definitely next year. This has been on the work plan for a month and a half, but the delay was getting the paint here,” SueWing said in a phone interview. “It’s definitely — pun intended — a point of pride of being there. With every year that it’s there, people are getting more used to seeing and expecting to see it on time.”

[Live and in color: GLITZ returns to full, glorious presence]

Paint dries Thursday morning on Juneau’s rainbow crosswalk as the colorful crossing gets its annual repainting on June 16, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Paint dries Thursday morning on Juneau’s rainbow crosswalk as the colorful crossing gets its annual repainting on June 16, 2022. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Work was finished on the crosswalk by Thursday morning. SueWing said he thought it might be the only rainbow crosswalk in Alaska.

The crosswalk was first painted in July 2019, following a number of crosswalks downtown getting guerrilla-painted rainbow colors in previous years. The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council serves as the fiscal sponsor for the project, SueWing said.

Initial fundraising has carried the crosswalk through this year and beyond, SueWing said, as he’s continued to raise money to keep the project solid for the future.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at (757) 621-1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

More in News

(Juneau Empire file photo)
Aurora forecast for the week of April 8

These forecasts are courtesy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute… Continue reading

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Friday, April 12, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire file photo)
Police calls for Thursday, April 11, 2024

This report contains public information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

The sky and mountains are reflected in the water on April 5, 2012, at the Kootznoowoo Wilderness in the Tongass National Forest’s Admiralty Island National Monument. Conservation organizations bought some private land and transferred it to the U.S. Forest Service, resulting in an incremental expansion of the Kootznoowoo Wilderness and protection of habitat important to salmon and wildlife. (Photo by Don MacDougall/U.S. Forest Service)
Conservation groups’ purchase preserves additional land in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest

A designated wilderness area in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest, the largest… Continue reading

A welcome sign is shown Sept. 22, 2021, in Tok. President Joe Biden won Alaska’s nominating contest on Saturday. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Biden wins more delegates in Alaska and Wyoming as he heads toward Democratic nomination

President Joe Biden nudged further ahead in the Democratic nomination for reelection… Continue reading

Juneau Assembly members and other visitors examine a meeting room formerly used by the nine-member Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development on Monday, April 8, which is about 25% larger than the Assembly Chambers at City Hall. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Of three possible new City Hall buildings, one stands out — but plenty of proposed uses for other two

Michael J. Burns Building eyed as city HQ; childcare, animal shelter among options at school sites.

Senate President Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, speaks to members of the Senate majority caucus’ leadership group on Friday. (James Brooks/Alaska Beacon)
Schools, university and projects across Alaska are set to receive money from new budget bill

Alaska Senate sends draft capital budget to House as work continues on a state spending plan

The Boney Courthouse in downtown Anchorage, across the street from the larger Nesbett Courthouse, holds the Alaska Supreme Court chambers. (Yereth Rosen/Alaska Beacon)
Alaska judge strikes down state’s cash payments to families using correspondence school programs

Decision will become a ‘hot-button legislative item’ in final weeks of session, lawmakers say.

A statue of William Henry Seward stands outside the Dimond Courthouse in downtown Juneau. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire file photo)
Juneau man convicted of sexual abuse of 15-year-old girl more than four years after incidents occur

JPD: Randy James Willard, 39, sent explicit videos to and engaged in sexual contact with victim.

Most Read