May 16, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Off Leash Dog Area for Reed Park, Closing Down Main Street to Traffic?

April 27, 2021 Santa Monica City Council meeting preview 

By Sam Catanzaro

Santa Monica lawmakers will discuss this week the possibility of adding an off leash area for dogs at Reed Park and closing down portions of Main Street to traffic on certain days. 

On Tuesday April 27, Santa Monica City Council will convene for a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. via teleconference. Among the agenda items is a request from Mayor Sue Himmelrich and Councilmember Phil Brock that, if passed, would “appropriate departmental staff explore the possibility of converting a portion of Reed Park into a neighborhood off-leash dog park and report back to the council for budget consideration on the feasibility and cost of this proposal.” 

Currently there are four off leash dog parks in Santa Monica: Airport Park Dog Park (3201 Airport Ave); Herb Katz Dog Park at Joslyn Park (633 Kensington Rd); Memorial Park Dog Run (1401 Olympic Blvd); and Pacific Street Dog Park (Pacific & Main Street). Located at the intersection of Wilshire and Lincoln boulevards, if a dog park came to Reed Park it would be the only such facility north of Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica. 

Under Santa Monica Municipal Code dogs at dog parks must be over 4 months of age, must be licensed and vaccinated for rabies at dog parks in the city. In addition, they must display a City of Santa Monica dog license tag, or a City of Santa Monica issued non-resident permit tag. For more information on dog parks rules visit https://www.smgov.net/departments/ccs/content.aspx?id=31527

Also on the agenda is a Request of Councilmembers Christine Parra and Gleam Davis that, if passed would direct staff “to consider the proposals of the Main Street Business Improvement Association and the Ocean Park Association and return to Council with a plan to implement a pilot program for temporary summer weekend closure(s) of all or part of Main Street to automobiles and bus traffic, as well as to assess the pilot’s traffic impacts on surrounding neighborhoods.” 

The proposal, known as Al Fresco 2.0 would close portions of Main Street to traffic during peak dining hours. Main Street Business Improvement Association Hunter Hall spoke about the program with the Santa Monica Mirror in a February interview and said that if implemented Al Fresco 2.0 could help struggling local restaurants. 

“You know Chick-fil-A is killing it, any kind of drive-through is killing it, any delivery-heavy business is doing okay, but nobody is really doing that well in the full-service dining segment and that is the vast majority of Main Street. So how do you solve that problem? How do you kill two birds with one stone? Simple. You shut down these restaurant dense blocks on the weekend when there is a peak demand and you allow them to take over the street for a more European, Al Fresco setup,” Hall said.

Visit http://santamonicacityca.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=1265 to read the full agenda for Tuesday’s meeting. 

Related Posts

Vice Media Co-Founder Sells Santa Monica Canyon Estate for Record Price

May 14, 2021

May 14, 2021

Shane Smith sells Channel Road estate for nearly $50 million  By Chad Winthrop The co-founder of Vice Media has sold...

Construction Underway for Mixed-use Lincoln Boulevard Development

May 14, 2021

May 14, 2021

47 units with retail under construction  By Sam Catanzaro Construction is underway for a four-story mixed-use development spanning a whole...

Santa Monica Fire Chief Bill Walker to Leave Department for Texas

May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021

Chief moving to Texas to head up new position, be closer to family  By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica’s fire chief...

Suspect Sought in Attack on Elderly Asian Man on Third Street Promenade

May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021

Santa Monica police looking for suspect in May 1 Third Street Promenade battery  By Sam Catanzaro Santa Monica police are...

Ben & Jerry’s Closes Santa Monica Shop

May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021

First West Coast Ben & Jerry’s closes up shop on Main Street  By Kerry Slater Ben & Jerry’s has closed...

SMMUSD’s Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

May 11, 2021

May 11, 2021

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District honored with the “Best Communities for Music Education” designation For the 19th straight year, the...

Edify TV: A Look Into the Cold War-Era as Wende Museum Reopens

May 11, 2021

May 11, 2021

With relics of the Cold War-era on display, the Wende Museum in Culver City has reopened for in-person visits. Learn...

Convicted Arsonist Making Fire Pits in Palisades Bluffs

May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

Homeless man named Hilton making fire pits in fire-prone hillside area By Sam Catanzaro   A convicted arsonist continues to make...

Rapper Saweetie Gives Surprise Performance On The Pier: Santa Monica Beat – May, 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Rapper Saweetie Gives Surprise Performance On The Pier * Santa Monica...

Head-on Crash on PCH in Santa Monica Results in Serious Injuries

May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

Traffic collision occurs on Pacific Coast Highway near California Incline Monday afternoon By Sam Catanzaro Two people were extricated from...

Developers Looking to Replace Century-Old Santa Monica Houses with Mixed-Use Development

May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

Two houses would make away for three story, 10 unit development By Toi Creel Two Santa Monica homes, both around...

Free LA Metro Rides Could Begin This Summer

May 7, 2021

May 7, 2021

Metro looking at late Summer Launching For fareless transit pilot program By Toi Creel K-12 students and low-income residents could...