Parking lot painted before Movies on Monroe

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Workers on Monday covered a downtown Grand Rapids parking lot in blue paint in preparation for an annual outdoor movie series.

About 250 gallons of "cool blue" paint now cover the 55,000-square-foot lot off Monroe Avenue near I-196.

Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc., which is organizing the Movies on Monroe series, said the paint serves aesthetic and practical purposes:

"This morning it was just a parking lot. By the end of the day, we're going to have a nice, cool space," DGRI spokesperson Jennie Schumacher said. "It will be very easy on the eyes and it should help with the temperatures on the hotter days this summer."

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