Santa Monica Parks + Beach Improvements: Ishihara Park Project Details

City of Santa Monica
Mia Lehrer + Associates
USS Cal Builders

$5M (approximately)

Project History

  • November 23, 2010: City Council, Buffer Zone Acquisition (Item 8A)
  • January 24, 2012: City Council, Recommended Use of Buffer Zone (Item 3L)
  • November 21, 2013: Rec & Parks Commission, Buffer Park Schematic Design (Staff report, presentation)
  • November 29, 2013: "Buffer Park: A series of garden rooms" Santa Monica Daily Press
  • April 7, 2014: Disabilities Commission, Buffer Park Proposed Design (Item 8A) & Architectural Review Board, Approval of building design, colors and materials for new public park (Item 7.9)
  • April 22, 2014: City Council, Buffer Park Design Development (Item 8B)
  • November 20, 2014: Rec & Parks Commission, Recommendation to City Council Regarding Name for Buffer Park (Item 6C)
  • November 21, 2014: "Naming Buffer Park: From 'Toypurina Park' to 'Hobo Junction East' to 'Cookies and Cupcake' - Santa Monica Daily Press
  • November 25, 2014: "Parks Commission likes once-forgotten hero for park name" - Santa Monica Daily Press
  • February 10, 2015: City Council, Naming Buffer Park (Item 8C) - POSTPONED
  • January 26, 2016: City Council, Recommendation to Name Buffer Park (Item 8A)
  • March 2016: Construction begins
  • March 17, 2016: Rec & Parks Commission, Recommendation to Name Buffer Park and Consider Renaming Stewart Street Park
  • April 26, 2016: City Council, Naming Buffer Park and Consideration of Renaming Stewart Street Park (Item 8B)
  • January 2017 (tentative): Project Complete

Park Design

The design concept reflects the community's desire for cultural and natural diversity. Eight unique room-like garden spaces feature an aspect of the Southern California landscape.

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