Geneva’s Pridrant moving downtown

The new location will be more symbolically significant and make it easier to monitor.

GENEVA – The Pridrant, the Pride-painted fire hydrant in Geneva, will now be at City Hall after years of vandalism.

Belong: Fox Valley made the announcement on their Facebook page.

The group said that the hydrant has been vandalized 15 times since it was first painted. The hydrant has been repainted each time and Belong: Fox Valley even has a dedicated team to do it. However, each repainting takes about two hours and it is isolated.

“Pridrant’s location on Rt. 38 and Kirk Rd. is difficult to monitor, and it holds no special significance,” the group said in their post. “So we’ve arranged for Pridrant to move to some new digs! It’s going to live on the corner of 1st Street and James–right outside City Hall, in the bustling downtown that Geneva is so famous for.”

The new location is both more significant, in the center of activity in Geneva, and will be more easily monitored with the number of cars, pedestrians, cameras and businesses in the area. That will allow Belong: Fox Valley members to focus on their other work in the community.

The Pridrant started when Geneva resident Chrissy Swanson submitted a proposal to Geneva’s Arts on Fire Program. The city accepted it and it’s been going strong since then.

The official painting will be on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 1:30 p.m. and the community is invited.

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