For over 40 years the iconic Champlain Heights sign greeted visitors and residents as they entered the community. Unfortunately, the sign deteriorated over the years from age, graffiti and, ultimately, the theft of the sign itself. The stone and mortar base of the sign is also damaged and difficult to repair or replace.
Anonymous members of the community found the lost icon and recruited others to repair, repaint and reinstall the sign. The sign was heavily damaged from rot and other degradation. Fortunately, a community member with experience in sign repair was recruited to fix the sign and prep it for painting.
All labour is donated - the volunteers only wish to be reimbursed for costs such as wood, paint and concrete.
The plan is to reinstall the sign on three posts and then create a small garden around the sign incorporating stone from the old base. The sign itself will be updated but will retain the same font and white & brown colors. Back, side, top and bottom layers will be added to help preserve the sign and protect against insect and water damage. A gold border will be added to highlight everything and give it an updated look. Anti-graffiti coating will also be added.
The idea is to modestly update the sign for 2020 while honoring the original design.
As of August 28 most of the repairs have been completed and repainting is scheduled to start on August 30.
Community members have long lamented the loss of the iconic Community Heights sign. With your help we can celebrate its return!
- Marsha Dillon
- Adrienne & Ian Tiltman
- Grace Lim