The Fernwood Pole Painting Project has helped to slow traffic, curb signature tagging, and create a warm, friendly, and beautiful public environment.

On May 28th 2011, Fernwood NRG, Emily Grav of The Paint Box School of Art and Beth Threlfall coordinated the painting of over 100 telephone poles with bright, bold, colourful designs on Fernwood Road and Gladstone Avenue. Since then, Fernwood NRG has organized the painting of hundreds of telephone poles and touched up poles around the neighbourhood. All the paint used in this project has been salvaged from Hartland Landfill. We have continued to host this project annually since 2011.

Here is a TedX talk by our Executive Director, Lee Herrin, sharing the revitalization of the Cornerstone building and the sense of community painted telephone poles bring to Fernwood’s streets:

“This project brings great depth and soul to our neighbourhood.”

– Beth Threlfall

There has been lots of inquiries, discussion and much praise for this collaborative, community-driven project. Hundreds of volunteers have given their energy, time, and imagination to transform our streets. Other neighbourhoods have started to join in the fun; painted poles are popping up everywhere.


Please have a browse of articles mentioning Pole Painting in the news and abroad: