Whitehall High School seniors who are working on the mural project are from left, Devontae Vance, Tomas Collins, Patrick Gilland and Brent Phillippo. Not pictured, Kaleb Huff.
A group of Whitehall High School seniors want to leave a part of downtown more visually appealing by the time they get their diplomas this Spring.
Three of the five-member group, on December 11, presented a plan to the Whitehall City Council to paint a mural on the walls of the bike trail underpass at Colby Street. The bike path follows a former railroad right-of-way, and the underpass in near the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the Century Building and the empty former Pinheads bowling alley and restaurant.
Tomas Collins, Patrick Gilland and Brent Phillippo presented their tentative plan to the council at its Dec. 11 meeting.
“Our plan is to paint the walls white and paint sailboats to represent Whitehall in a good way,” Gilland told the council.
Members of the group not at the meeting are Devontae Vance and Kaleb Huff.
The group said the beautification would be their Senior Project, a requirement for their Economics and Government class. The project for the year-long class is to complete a project for the betterment of the community or to help a group of people.
The members at the council meeting said they will seek drawings from fellow high school students for the mural which may include other local activities or landmarks.
“It’s a good idea,” Mayor Emery “Mac” Hatch told the group members.
Those walls have been the target for graffiti in past years.
Gilland said they want to involve as many high school students as possible in fundraising efforts to pay for materials and in actually painting the mural.
He said they expect to return to the Feb. 26 city council meeting with an update on the project.
Phillippo said they came up with the idea for a mural when they saw graffiti on the walls.