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June 20, 2017
Brookbanks Drive and Three Valleys Drive Murals Celebrate Don Mills
Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East) joined artist Sarah Collard and representatives from the community to unveil a new mural at the junction of Brookbanks Drive and Three Valleys Drive on the underpass of the Don Valley Parkway as part of the StreetARToronto Underpass Program (StART UP) to celebrate the Don Mills community.

"This underpass is located in the residential neighbourhood of Don Mills and used as a main thoroughfare by seniors, as well as students and parents walking or riding to and from Three Valleys Elementary School – all part of an engaged community of avid pedestrians," said Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East). "Instead of being greeted with a dull concrete tunnel, residents are now able to enjoy a full colour mural filled with flora and fauna of the area. We're proud that this mural expresses elements unique to Don Mills."

The murals are titled Morning Ride and Trillium Path. They were conceived of and created by Collard who was born in Burlington and is based in Winnipeg. Collard said her intention was to bring the natural envrionment of the Don Mills area into the underpass including the many birds, animals, habitats and native vegetation found in Brookbanks Park.

Pedestrians and motorists passing through the underpass can discover a bluejay, blue heron, killdear, cardinal, deer, coyote, fox and spider as part of the mural. Ontario's provincial flower, the Trillium, marshlands, wetlands, and wild flowers that surround the many ravines and rivers found in the area are also visible.

Launched in 2012, StreetARToronto is an initiative of the Transportation Services Division and managed by the Public Realm Section. It is an innovative, public-private partnership designed to develop, support, promote and increase awareness of street art and its ability to beautify the city's visual landscape and decrease graffiti vandalism. The StART Underpass Program (StART UP) provides opportunities for artists to create works of art that contribute to the program mandate; make walking and cycling, as well as driving through Toronto's underpasses more appealing; and strengthen the sense of place, inclusion and belonging within communities. Follow us on Twitter at, on Instagram at or on Facebook at

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