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Street signs auctioned for PROkids charity

September 10, 2014 -

Let the bidding begin! Starting tomorrow Kingstonians will have the opportunity to purchase decommissioned street signs in an online auction. Open from September 11 to September 25, the auction will sell 95 street signs to the highest bidders with proceeds donated to PROkids Kingston.

"With 95 street signs up for auction you can own a piece of Kingston history and support a great cause," said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. "PROkids is a great charity, providing local children with the resources to participate in sport, art and recreational programming across our community."

Make your bid by going to www.CityofKingston.ca/auction. A viewing of all auction items will be held at Cooks Brothers Arena, 629 Bagot St., on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Successful bidders can pick up their items at Cooks Brothers Arena, 629 Bagot St., on Thursday, Sept. 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The decommissioned signs come from the neighborhood surrounding Queen's University where the traditional green street signs were replaced this past Spring with new signs to visually distinguish the University District. Popular street name signs up for auction include; Aberdeen St., Queen's Cres., and University Ave.

About PROkids Kingston

PROkids Kingston assists local children up to the age of 18 who lack sufficient financial resources to participate in sport, culture, art, and recreational programs and organizations. Funds raised help cover the costs associated with program registration fees, needed equipment and transportation.

About University District Signage Initiative

The new University District signs installed in April replaced signs at 56 intersections in the University District, which has been identified as the area bordered by Barrie, King, Collingwood and Johnson streets. The University District street sign collaboration between the City and Alma Mater Society (AMS) fits into a larger AMS initiative called the University District Neighbourhood Improvement Plan. This plan seeks to positively redefine the residential area surrounding Queen's University by establishing a unique and inclusive neighbourhood identity.

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For more information contact:
Mayor Mark Gerretsen
613-546-4291 Ext. 1405