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City Council To Vote On Regulating Outdoor Santa Monica Fitness Classes

Posted Apr. 23, 2013, 9:20 am

Parimal M. Rohit / Staff Writer

The Santa Monica City Council returns to the dais tonight and will consider options for commercial fitness camps and classes on public property.

According to City staff, some community members had complained of “the proliferation of unregulated fitness training and boot camps in City parks and at the beach.”

“Most of the complaints about this activity refer to the intense use of the north end of Palisades Park,” City staff added.

Accordingly, City staff had developed, at the Council’s direction, a “proposed regulatory system for non-City sponsored commercial fitness instruction, classes or camps offered in parks and the beach.”

“The new regulatory structure would include a change to the Municipal Code, new rules, and a permit system with permit and use charges,” City staff stated.

Based upon feedback and suggestions collected by fitness trainers and residents, City staff proposed several changes, including; “the need for a permit system; insurance; indemnification; compliance with existing business license and police permit rules; identification of parks appropriate for commercial fitness activity; and new rules addressing protection of park amenities.”

City staff added a consensus was not reached amongst local officials, fitness trainers, and residents about “the amount of use charges to be paid by trainers and instructors” and “the extent of the restrictions in Palisades Park.”

The council’s meeting begins at 6:30 pm at City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica.

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Apr. 23, 2013, 9:53:37 am

Sue McHugh said...

I think these formal classes should be outlawed and sent back to fitness centers and gyms but if they are allowed to continue ... There need to be restrictions placed on both time and size of classes. Instructors also need to provide insurance so the city is not liable for injuries sustained by either the instructors or their students It should be easy to assess how much it costs to maintain lawns, etc .... and charge instructors accordingly.

Apr. 23, 2013, 10:17:11 am

Tara Wujcik said...

I think Santa Monica needs to stop regulating out all the things that make our city enjoyable and unique. I also think our residents need to take a pill and chill out...

Apr. 23, 2013, 10:43:58 am

GordonSantaMonica said...

The council should consider the following as they deliberate... 1. Flat rate yearly License fee... maybe $1500 per year. 2. Limit the size of a training session. 3. Limit to the hour of the day that training sessions can occur. 4. Limit to specific locations for training sessions. 5. Trainer must demonstrate they have insurance to cover injuries or any other liabilities of any kind. 6. The trainer must be licensed by the state of California to perform such activity. 7. The City may have to consider additional liability insurance if the training sessions are permitted on city property. What are the costs?? The above is a short list of considerations, hopefully the public will add to this list.

Apr. 23, 2013, 10:46:28 am

Adiran H. said...

This not just a PP Park problem. Check out Clover Park near where I live (and others, I can only assume) during the early mornings and late afternoons. As with most things, it is all about awareness and consideration for one's fellow human. Unfortunately, it is usually the few that spoil it for the many. I am a "fitness person" myself and I see some (not all) of these so called "fitness groups" just take over sections of the park(s) without any considerations for the effect on the other adjacent "non fitness" public who also have a right to enjoy the park without undue discomfort. Look at the ongoing battle at the 4th St/Adelaide-Endrada Drive stairs because "some" cannot seem to keep an awareness that those public pathways are adjacent to other people's homes. It is hard to legislate considerateness, but sometimes it is the only actionable option when "some people" aren't.

Apr. 23, 2013, 1:11:05 pm

New Here said...

Why is this such a problem? I walk the park once or twice per day, and live in a condo overlooking it. I can see all the trainers and classes, and have not once seen a problem occur. As a matter of fact, I'd say it enhances the energy and atmosphere of the park! I moved here recently from another city that has a similar park on the water, where commercial training was not allowed, and you know what it provided for the park? Nothing. It created a void and the feeling of an empty park other than some walkers and bench sitters. Sure, there may be a little wear

Apr. 23, 2013, 1:11:27 pm

Chris New Here said...

Why is this such a problem? I walk the park once or twice per day, and live in a condo overlooking it. I can see all the trainers and classes, and have not once seen a problem occur. As a matter of fact, I'd say it enhances the energy and atmosphere of the park! I moved here recently from another city that has a similar park on the water, where commercial training was not allowed, and you know what it provided for the park? Nothing. It created a void and the feeling of an empty park other than some walkers and bench sitters. Sure, there may be a little wear

Apr. 23, 2013, 1:30:38 pm

Dan said...

In addition to large groups congregating on the lawns there is the audio equipment, barbells, ropes, bottles of drinks, sweaty towels and mats spread across the park. I walk through the park every day and large sections of the grassy areas are covered by this commercial activity. It seems to be out of control, please regulate.

Apr. 23, 2013, 4:30:07 pm

Fascism Much? said...

Well if no one is working out then when I walk my dog I will be alone in the parks with homeless scumbags - great. Way to remove witnesses from unsafe environments. Get over yourself, Santa Monica. The people working out are in NO ONE'S way. How dare you be such bureaucratic nonsensical control freaks.

Apr. 23, 2013, 7:14:01 pm

Frank said...

Let's regulate activities which enhance fitness , create a positive message for people but let's not stop there. Charge each bicycle rider 25 cents,for using public streets. People who walk, get a cut rate deal according to how many miles they walk, so it will only cost them 5 cents a mile. Then let's get another dozen or so police to safeguard the public against fitness people and arrest them. The homeless population of course are free to do what they want. We should also build a jail by the pier so we can house all the fitness crazies, smokers or other law breakers who might also be drinking more than a 16 oz. soda. But let the homeless do what they want. I am so glad I moved out of the People's Republic of Santa Monica years ago.

Apr. 24, 2013, 6:01:09 am

Robert (Bob) Smith said...

One thing that Council should take into consideration is that, nearly all of the people who are using the Park as one in a group are residents of Santa Monica, and as such, pay for the park, and its maintenance through their taxes, rates etc. So consider them, they outnumber the complainers by a considerable amount. Bob. from Australia

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