As part of the Echo Park Time Bank’s Fun & Games Committee, I helped to plan the latest Saturday Social. With CicLAvia coming up the following day, I thought it would be a great opportunity to do a small bike workshop to get people (and their bikes) ready for the big day, while also socializing.
It was suggested that we should hold the social at the new Sunset Triangle Plaza in Silver Lake. The plaza was originally the tail end of the two-lane vehicular Griffith Park Blvd as it curved into Sunset Blvd, usually posing a threat between cyclists, pedestrians, and cars. But with some green paint, big planters, chairs, tables, and umbrellas, the city through the Streets for People program has created a car-free zone for this small stretch of streets which serves a local coffee shop and vegan cafe, as well as the previously underutilized Triangle Park, which was essentially a glorified traffic island with a fountain on it.
Since its opening in March, the plaza has been getting a lot of positive - and negative - attention in the media and by community members. One thing people noticed was that it wasn’t being fully utilized. Most of the time, the plaza was empty. So we decided to hold our Saturday Social there, as a way to activate - and occupy - the space.