The city of Ottawa has cancelled an organized event to paint murals on the construction fencing around Lansdowne Park.
Glebe residents have been painting murals on the fencing near the development for weeks.
The city had approached them about holding an official "paint party" this weekend and had promised $3000 for supplies and said it would close Holmwood Avenue Saturday to help facilitate the event. Artists have been painting murals on the construction fencing around Lansdowne Park.Artists have been painting murals on the construction fencing around Lansdowne Park. (CBC)
But local artist and event organizer "Arthur II" said the city has now backed out on the funds and road closure.
"The people got all excited, to them I feel regret and disappointment that I put it out there, because in a way I feel like I dashed their hopes," he said.
A city spokesperson said the city couldn't schedule the event around construction activities at Lansdowne Park, but that it may look at another event in the spring.
Arthur II said he is worried many people might show up anyway.
"That would be irresponsible, there is no street closure, and I for one don't want to be liable for whatever might happen to someone crossing the street," he said.
Local councillor David Chernushenko said even though the city has changed it's mind on the weekend event, he thinks people should keep painting.
"It doesn't require a bureaucracy, it doesn't require a city-sanctioned street closure. It's happening. It's fantastic. And if we can provide safety through orange pylons and warning signs, I'd love to make that happen," he said.