Washington Lane in the heart of Hamilton’s shopping area is to get a makeover as part of a project to create a more “vibrant” city.

The City Arts Festival has joined forces with Washington Properties and identified the lane as needing major improvement.

Yesterday, they invited artists to submit their installation ideas for the area.

In the past two years, the City Arts Festival has focused on making various areas more attractive in a concerted effort to live up to the mandate of being a “vibrant” city.

Already, nine new installations have added colour, culture and beauty to the streets and parks of Hamilton.

Mayor Charles Gosling said: “The city is truly delighted to partner with Washington Properties on this most important initiative as we continue to nourish visual artistic opportunities around the city.

“In 2015, Chancery Lane had a much appreciated facelift and with the banner year ahead of us, it thrills me to think that one of our most highly used pedestrian thoroughfares in the city, Washington Lane, will receive the very much needed attention it deserves. This will not only beautify the lane throughout but will also create a safer and more secure passage for all.”

Washington Properties general manager, Paul Slaughter, added: “This will surely create a more attractive environment for both visitors and the local community.”

The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 13. Information packages outlining the guidelines and requirements can be collected from the Corporation of Hamilton offices in City Hall or downloaded from the City’s website — www.cityofhamilton.bm

Any questions can be directed to 292-1234, ext 224 or via e-mail at events@cityhall.bm