The forthcoming playground will boast universal accessibility, marking the fifth of its kind in Santa Monica
The Santa Monica City Council approved plans to replace and upgrade the playground facilities at Douglas Park.
The forthcoming playground will boast universal accessibility, marking the fifth of its kind in Santa Monica, ensuring inclusivity for children of varying abilities to engage in recreational activities. This initiative aligns with the city’s strategic priority of Clean & Safe, aiming to preserve open spaces and cultivate safe, clean neighborhoods, including recreational areas like parks.
Scheduled to commence in 2024, the playground replacement project will involve two community workshops designed to gather input from local residents. The initial workshop will unveil potential concepts, options, and themes for the playground, allowing community feedback. The preferred concept design, incorporating inputs from the first workshop, will then be presented in the second and final workshop, slated for summer 2024.
Anticipated construction is set to begin in spring 2025, with completion expected by summer of the same year.
Mayor Phil Brock expressed enthusiasm, stating, “I am delighted to witness the initiation of this project in the coming months. I eagerly await the unveiling of the initial concept designs, marking Douglas Park as Santa Monica’s newest universally accessible playground, joining Marine Park, Ishihara Park, the South Beach Playground, and the North Beach Playground.”