Santa Monica Parks + Beach Improvements:
Airport Park Expansion
12 acres will be added to Santa Monica Airport Park by converting non-aviation land to public open space. The community input and design process is now complete, with project completion pending the identification of a funding source for the estimated $35 million construction budget. The future park expansion will feature two additional multipurpose, synthetic turf fields striped for lacrosse, soccer, and rugby. A continuous walking loop will take exercisers from one end of the park to the other, with a new pedestrian entrance from Bundy Ave. and an overlook with views of the city, airport, and ocean. The park will also feature a fitness area, 3 pickleball courts, community gardens, ping pong tables, two new restroom buildings, and swings to be used by park users of all ages.
Construction of this project is pending identification of funding.
The City of Santa Monica City Council adopted a resolution certifying the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Airport Park Expansion project, and a resolution adopting the Statement of Overriding Considerations and Mitigation Monitoring Program to approve the project.
The airplanes have been cleared and the gates open to the east 6 acre parcel of the future Airport Park Expansion site allowing public access for unprogrammed recreational use, including roller-blading, bicycle training for families and romantic sunset enjoyment.
The Airport Interim Open Space is open daily, sunrise to sunset.
The City of Santa Monica released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Airport Park Expansion Project to provide interested parties with information describing the proposed project and its potential environmental effects. The EIR will address the proposed project's effects in various environmental issues areas, including air quality, land use and planning, construction, noise, greenhouse gas emissions, transportation/circulation, hazards and hazardous materials, and mandatory findings of significance.
The NOP comment period is 30 days as required by CEQA Guidelines Section 15082. Comments may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:30 PM on Saturday, April 08, 2017. Additionally, a public scoping meeting will be held on March 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM a the SMC Bundy Campus (Room 239).
Santa Monica City Council will review design concepts for the Airport Park Expansion Project on September 27. Please see the agenda for meeting information.
The opportunity to weigh in on design concepts and amenities for expansion of Airport Park is now open. View the presentation and slides from the 6/18 community event and share your thoughts from now until July 10.
Last Saturday's event for expansion of Airport Park drew more than 80 Santa Monicans interested in finding out more and sharing their thoughts. Architect Mark Rios kicked it off with an overview of the project and design concepts, sparking a lively exchange of ideas. People weighed in on everything from overall design to specific details, activities, and more.
Community members who were unable to join us in person will soon have a chance to weigh in online by early next week. Check back - more coming soon!
Save the date for the first community event for the Airport Park Expansion Project.
Saturday, June 18
11 am - 2 pm
@ Airport Park
More details to follow.
Santa Monica City Council awarded the contract for design of the Airport Park Expansion Project to Rios Clementi Hale Studios. The multidisciplinary design firm will also conduct a feasibility study for the project. Following a competitive process, Rios Cleimenti Hale Studios was chosen based on their understanding of the project, track record with projects of similar size and scope, and previous experience with government agencies and community engagement processes. Their previous work in Santa Monica includes Euclid Park and Douglas Park.
PUBLIC INPUT RESULTS - JULY 2016
PRESENTATION - PROJECT KICKOFF JUNE 2016
- January 27: City Council Selects Design Team (Staff Report Item 3B)
- June 18: Community Engagement Kickoff Event (Presentation, Video)
- June 27 - July 10: Participate Online
- July 21: Recreation & Parks Commission Review, Council Chambers, 7:30pm (Agenda)
- July 25: Airport Commission Review, Council Chambers, 7:00pm
- September 27: City Council Review, Council Chambers, 6:30pm (Agenda)
Partners: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Budget: $1.3M - DESIGN PHASE ONLY
Location: Santa Monica Airport, 3201 Airport Ave, Santa Monica 90405