Day Brook Mural Celebration at Community Field Text Size

Event takes place on June 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM
Community Field

HOLYOKE, MA – A public mural created by 5th and 8th grade students at Sullivan School in Holyoke, MA, will be unveiled at a celebration and community workshop at Community Field on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 1-2:30 PM.

The mural was created during an enrichment block at Sullivan School created by Enchanted Circle Theater in partnership with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission. Students learned about a “secret stream” in their urban neighborhood – Day Brook, which flows mostly underground and unseen through Holyoke, starting behind Sullivan School – and its role in both the city’s natural ecosystem and combined sewer overflow (CSO) problem. The students then worked with an educator/artist from Enchanted Circle Theater to develop a public art project that will be displayed at Community Field to educate park-goers about Day Brook, which is above-ground and visible at that site.

In addition to the mural presentation at the event, additional hands-on activities related to green infrastructure, including a CSO model demonstration, will also take place.

The creation of the mural is part of a larger project to develop a green infrastructure plan for Day Brook under a $60,000 EPA Urban Waters Small Grant awarded to the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC). According to EPA, these grants aim “to make a visible difference by working with a diversity of partners to support community- driven solutions that connect the intrinsic value of urban waters with improving the livability and economic health of the community.” Day Brook is a natural stream that was piped into the city’s combined sewer system long ago, and its presence currently contributes to CSO discharges into the Connecticut River during storm events. The green infrastructure plan developed by PVPC will examine potential “green infrastructure” installations – such as rain gardens and street trees – that could reduce CSO discharges by diverting or soaking up stormwater before it joins Day Brook in the pipe. The City of Holyoke and Enchanted Circle Theater are partnering with PVPC on the project.

All residents of and visitors to Holyoke and Community Field are welcome at the event, which will also feature make-your-own sundaes. Residents of Holyoke living in Wards 2, 3, and 6 – which are located in the Day Brook watershed – are particularly encouraged to attend. The event will take place rain or shine.

About the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission – Since 1962, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission has been the designated regional planning body for the Pioneer Valley region, which encompasses 43 cities and towns in the Hampden and Hampshire county areas. PVPC is the primary agency responsible for increasing communication, cooperation, and coordination among all levels of government as well as the private business and civic sectors in order to benefit the Pioneer Valley region and to improve its residents’ quality of life. For more information on the PVPC, visit 


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