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Last Chance to Paint a Fire Hydrant - Apply by March 31st
Posted Date: 3/20/2017 9:15 AM

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As part of the Village's Centennial Celebration, the Centennial Commission put together a fundraiser, a Fire Hydrant Public Art Project called "Fired Up!" In the fall of 2016, nearly 70 hydrants were painted by local community members, organizations, businesses and Village Departments. The project was so successful that a 2nd Round was announced in the first quarter of 2017. Now the deadline is fast approaching.

The registration deadline for the second round of “Fired Up!” is March 31, 2017. All applications and fees must be submitted to the Centennial Commission at Village Hall, 50 S. Emerson Street, Mount Prospect, IL 60056 (view and print application).

“We knew this would be a fun project when we planned it,” said Christy Watychowicz, project chairman, “but we were floored by the amount of support received once the hydrants started coming to life. We hope with this second round anyone who missed out has the opportunity to make their mark. We are encouraging all residents and businesses throughout the Village to consider participating.”

The fee is $50 per hydrant. Unlike the first round, the second round will not include a contest.

Applicants must request a specific location and hydrants will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. No one has the “right” to a particular hydrant. Hydrants that have already been painted during the 2016 program are not eligible for re-painting.

The actual painting will take place, using approved oil-based enamel paint for metal, during the month of June. The design (which needs to be detailed on the application form) must be appropriate for a public space and should not endorse an individual, be political in nature or be offensive in any way. More detailed rules and the application form may be found at For more information about the project, email

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