Connect Community Crossroads
Painting streets to help remind kids to take care when crossing the road.
Connect Community Houston, TX
About the project
Four corners of a crossroad were painted with bold, fun colors that remind kids to take care when crossing the road.
The project honors the memory of a young boy who was struck by a car and killed while walking to school. The installation was organized by the boy's mother, Wigdan Ahmed Mohammed (pictured below), with support from the school district, Connect Community and a Play Everywhere grant from KaBOOM!. Volunteers painted bold colors on crosswalks and created interactive sidewalks, signaling to drivers to take caution: this is a place for kids and families. Within hours, "Connect Community Crossroads" came to life in honor of Wigdan's son, Abdallah. In the future, a "parklet" will be added at one of the corners, also in Abdallah's honor.
The Play Everywhere installation helped bring peace, strength and hope to Wigdan and her community. Since its completion, Wigdan has continued her involvement in the community, organizing neighbors to advocate for pedestrian safety throughout the city.