New Murals Brighten Courtenay Park Buildings

September 26, 2014

Two formerly plain, nondescript park buildings are now “must-see” local attractions and showpieces for the local cultural community. The buildings at Woodcote and Puntledge Park have been covered with new murals, painted in September by local artists with help from youth volunteers. 

The Woodcote Park mural, designed and painted by artist Tracy Kobus, features a soccer and neighbourhood theme. This design wraps around the whole washroom building and adds colour and visual interest to the park.

Tracy Kobus said there were many highlights while working on the mural. “I enjoyed the process of working outside in the beautiful weather, figuring out the logistics of a big project and seeing the different people who use the park” said Kobus. “ We also received an overwhelmingly positive response from the public while painting the mural.”

The Puntledge Park washroom building mural features a distinctive nature theme with sky, clouds, and trees, designed and painted by artist Helen Utsal. The artwork is designed to fit with the natural landscape of Puntledge Park.

The City of Courtenay and the Comox Valley Community Arts Council worked together on this project as part of the city’s Mural Initiative Program. This program includes mural development on city buildings, utility boxes, and partnerships with local businesses, community organizations, and BC Hydro.

Dallas Stevenson, the Executive Director of the Comox Valley Community Arts Council, noted the project has many benefits. “The Mural Initiative Program is a key development activity for the future of public art in our community,” advised Stevenson. “It enables engagement between social and arts organizations, creating more diverse partnership opportunities.

“As an extra bonus, it engages youth. The best part is seeing amazing art in our community made by our local artists and our youth.”

For more information on the Mural Initiative Program within the City of Courtenay please contact , call 250-334-4441, or visit the Comox Valley Community Art Council’s website at for details on projects.