The Blue Water Young Professionals have partnered with the Port Huron City Recreation Department and Art For Good/The KidSAKE Foundation on a unique project along Black River. Volunteer teens from City Recreation are painting 32 marina picnic tables with the winning designs from local elementary students at KidSAKE’s Art For Good shop in downtown Port Huron. Patrons can see the progress and process of the tables being painted 10am till 1pm Thursday this week, then on Wednesdays, in front of KidSAKE’s store, Art For Good, at 331 Huron Ave., downtown Port Huron.
“The picnic tables were an element of the Black River Walk project that we saw immediately as an opportunity to involve the youth in our community,” said BWYP President A.J. Armbruster. “A number of art teachers and their students from local elementary schools submitted designs for the existing 32 tables and now Art for Good is partnering with City Recreation to have those submissions brought to life. It’s a very simple part of the project but one that we hope adds a lot of color and brings some excitement to the Black River Walk. “
BWYP Vice President Jackie Hanton added, “We are so grateful for the partnership with the junior recreators at the Recreation Department and Art For Good who are adding color and vibrancy to the picnic tables of River Street Marina. We had well over 100 submissions from Port Huron Area School District students who drew maritime themed ideas to be painted on the tables. As the summer is wrapping up, we will begin enjoying these brightly colored additions, and by next summer we will have 32 tables painted and ready to be used by boaters and tourists alike. The talent of the youth in our community continues to impress us and we’re so happy to be working with such great organizations to add vibrancy to the river and continue to move our Black River Walk project along.”
Toni George of Port Huron City Recreation added, “We’re excited to have our teens be part of the project and the partnership between BWYP, City Recreation, and Art For Good. The teens love the project are inviting their friends to join them.”The project continues for the next 3 weeks, as the first ten tables are completed. Once the tables are finished, they can be seen along the Black River Walk near the marina.