May 22, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Santa Monica Central Park Engagement Process Set to Begin:

The City of Santa Monica will begin a community engagement process later this month in order to obtain community input on how two new parks in the Civic Center should be designed.

One of those parks will be the six-acre “Palisades Garden Walk,” which is located directly across from City Hall and bounded by Main Street, Ocean Avenue, the I-10 freeway, and the extension of Olympic Drive. This is the former RAND site. The other one-acre “Town Square Park” will be located directly in front of City Hall from the City Hall’s steps down to Main Street. Both parks were envisioned in the Civic Center Specific Plan that was adopted by the city council in 2005.

During a presentation about the project to the planning commission on July 7, Miriam Mulder, the City’s manager of architectural services, said that the two parks would ultimately become, “a new heart for Santa Monica that provides connectors to the city’s natural resources, cultural resources, and economic resources.”

Mulder explained that the community engagement process would include four workshops and an open house. The first workshop will be on Saturday, July 24 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Palisades Garden Walk site.

Lisa Switkin, who is an associate partner with James Corner Field Operations (the project’s design consultant), said this workshop will give community members the opportunity to get a feel for the site, give “input on themes and uses for the park” at different activity stations, and meet the design team.

There will also be three other workshops. The concept design workshop will be held in September, the schematic design workshop will be held in November, and the design development workshop will be held in January of next year. The date for the open house has not been set yet. Mulder noted that the planning commission would review the project in between the schematic design workshop and the design review workshop. Additionally, there would also be a joint meeting with the planning commission and the recreation and parks commission on the project.

Commission Chair Hank Koning thought it was “excellent [that the people running the community engagement process] wanted a commission liaison.” The commission voted unanimously to appoint Commissioner Gwynne Pugh to the post.

“As a planning commission, we really look to see how we can improve the urbanistic qualities of our city,” said Pugh. “This is an incredibly important and wonderful choice [to do that].”

The City has a website, wwwsmciviccenterparks.com for the project. The community can share their thoughts at the site by taking a survey.

in News
Related Posts

Los Angeles Metro Sees 15.9 Percent Increase in Median Rent

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Median rent of $2,258, according to recent report By Dolores Quintana The ongoing pandemic has exacerbated the issues of housing...

New Renderings for Frank Gehry Hotel Development in Santa Monica

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Project would include hotel, apartments, retail and a museum By Dolores Quintana Slowly but surely, plans for a  Frank Gehry-designed...

Shared Mobility Plummets in Santa Monica

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Recent report also shows that nearly half of riders make over $100,000 By Sam Catanzaro Shared mobility use in Santa...

Christopher Dishlip Selected as Santa Monica’s New Assistant Director of Public Works

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Public Works Director Rick Valte announced the selection of Christopher Dishlip as Santa Monica’s new Assistant Director of Public Works....

Letter to Editor: Response to Himmelrich’s “We Walk the Talk” Column

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

By Beau Marks As a Santa Monica resident, I am dismayed by Sue Himmelrich’s response (“We Walk the Talk,” Santa...

Motional And UberEats Launch Autonomous Deliveries In Santa Monica

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

There Are Plans For Expansion Into The Rest Of Los Angeles Motional, a global driverless technology leader, and Uber Technologies...

Winston Pies Opening Third Location In Santa Monica

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

The restaurant used to be known as ButterCrust Pies Winston Pies is staying in Santa Monica when opening their third...

Only 10 Vaquita Porpoises Survive, But The Species May Not Be Doomed

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

Hope remains for the porpoise species not only survive but thrive with human help. By Stuart Wolpert The vaquita porpoise,...

The American Cinematheque Brings “Bleak Week” To Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre And The Los Feliz Three Theatre

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

33 Films From 18 Countries In One Week. By Dolores Quintana Sometimes when things are tough and you’re feeling down,...

Man Who Murdered His Family Members Pleads Guilty To Five Other Killings

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Escobar injured an additional seven other people as well.  By Dolores Quintana A man, Ramon Escobar, has pleaded guilty to...

The price of gasoline in Los Angeles County Has Experienced The Largest Increase Since February

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Gasoline prices in Orange County Have Also Increased By Dolores Quintana Regular self-serve gasoline in the county of Los Angeles...

Santa Monica Travel Summit Of 2022 Returns To Take On Tomorrow

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

The Event Was Held At The Jonathan Club On Santa Monica Beach By Staff Writer The 2022 Santa Monica Tourism...

City Council Extends Santa Monica’s Parklet Program: Santa Monica Beat – May 16th, 2022

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* City Council Extends Santa Monica’s Parklet Program * Santa Monica High School Students...

1221 Ocean Avenue Complex Sold For Record Price

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Sold for a record price of $330 million. By Dolores Quintana The Irvine Company has sold 1221 Ocean Avenue to...

Office Construction Is Starting To Rise In Los Angeles

May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022

Property vacancies are still affecting growth.  By Dolores Quintana In March, the Los Angeles Metropolitan area had 3.2 million square...