With the help of a giant plastic stencil and gallons of Grape Green paint, more than a dozen of city workers this afternoon completed the decorative polka dot pattern on a block of Griffith Park Boulevard in Silver Lake. The day-long paint job, part of the transformation of the street into a traffic-free pedestrian plaza , went ” a lot smoother than we expected,” said William Navarro, a superintendent with the Department of Transportation.
After applying a base coat of Lemon Grass green paint this morning with a sprayer, the workers waited a few hours for the paint to dry before using rollers to paint the dots a shade of Grape Green. Painting the plaza consumed 30 gallons of primer, 55 gallons of Lemon Grass green and 25 gallons of Grape Green for the 43-inch wide dots. The paint formulated for concrete and garage floors should stand up well against foot traffic. What about taggers? Navarro said extra paint will be kept on hand to clean up any vandalism.
The pedestrian plaza – officially known as Sunset Triangle Plaza – will also include tables and umbrellas, a bike rack and planters that will serve as traffic barriers. The plaza will be dedicated during a grand opening ceremony next Sunday, March 4.