It’s been nearly two years since a section of Griffith Park Boulevard was closed off and painted with a green-on-green polka dot pattern to create Sunset Triangle Plaza – aka Polka Dot Plaza. The Silver Lake experiment in public-space making on the cheap was a temporary demonstration project. But, if a motion by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell gets approved, Polka Dot Plaza will become a permanent pedestrian plaza.
Last month, the city’s Department of Transportation reached an agreement with the Silver Lake Improvement Association over a permit for the management, maintenance and operation of the plaza on Griffith Park Boulevard between Sunset Boulevard and Edgecliffe Drive. Says the motion:
With the success of the Plaza and its integration into community life, it is now appropriate to make this demonstration project a permanent fixture in Silver Lake. By designating this public space as a pedestrian mall under California law, the operators of the Plaza can implement appropriate greening, including trees, and link the Plaza with an adjoining park.
While cars have bashed several times into a barrier protecting the plaza and the painted street could use a new coat of green, neighborhood residents and groups have held several events on the site, which is home to the twice-a-week Silver Lake Farmers’ Market.
The pilot project was organized by Streets for People, which is a coalition seeking to transform underused streets into public spaces.