With three days to complete the project, day one was spent with crews laying out the basketball, foursquare and tether ball courts. “We would make the start and stop points for the other areas,” Taylor says. “We also had to work around the sandblasters so we weren’t in the way. We had several jobs going on throughout the day, so we had crews stopping and helping with this and that. In one aspect or another, our whole company was involved with both of these schools.”
After completing the layout, crews began marking. Six colors were used at Asbury including white, light blue, purple, yellow, red and orange. “We sprayed everything that was on the ground,” Taylor says. “We applied two coats to everything we shot.”
One challenge crews faced at Asbury was matching up the new stencil maps of Mexico and Canada to Rocky Mountain’s current map of the United States. This section of the playground also required a few additional steps for applying the paint. “We laid out the stencils, took a spray can and marked where the stencils would go,” Taylor says. “Then, we pulled the stencils off, painted the states and provinces, double coated that area, and put the stencil back on, painting the white for the U.S. and yellow for Mexico and Canada.” A black line was left showing the continental divide.
Layout Not an Exact Science
Cory Elementary School had a map of the United States, four foursquare courts, three hopscotch courts, three tether ball courts and one unique area filled with circles and zigzag lines. Rocky Mountain used bright red, green, white, light blue, dark blue, yellow and orange.
For the layout, crews looked for specific points. “Cory has a long sidewalk that goes around so we would measure off of certain points on there that we could designate off of the blue prints,” Taylor says. “It was sort of trial and error where we would lay it out and have to change a little so it looked more like the plans. It wasn’t an exact science.”
The architect also drew out a unique zigzag-and-dot pattern for the Cory playground. “It was nothing like I’ve ever seen on a school playground,” Taylor says. “It made it difficult to layout the design as he drew it. At the time, I assumed it was for a special game, but in reality it was just a random design that didn’t require all the measurements as exact to the prints as we made them.”
Rocky Mountain crews took several additional steps to accurately complete the pavement marking of the pattern. “We had to pick multiple points on the plans,” Taylor says. “We drew a grid out for the whole area on the pavement, and labeled each square A through G and numbered it 1 through 15. We figured it out on the blueprints and would mark it by squares.” It took Rocky Mountain crews a full day to complete the zigzag-and-dot pattern.
Rocky Mountain has completed plenty of unique projects over the course of the company history, but this was one they won’t forget. “We definitely needed all of our people, lending their insights to get this project done,” Taylor says. “I don’t think inexperienced stripers or stripers that are solely focused on parking lots would have been able to complete this job on time.”