City Council Approves First Two Phases of Memorial Park Redevelopment and Expansion Project
On October 15, 2019, City Council reviewed and contemplated the proposed master plan for the redevelopment and expansion of Memorial Park. Council directed staff to move forward with the design of the first two of three phases of the park to create an inviting, accessible, and thoughtfully designed park.
Council also directed staff to evaluate issues, including:
Making the midblock entrance on 14th Street more pedestrian friendly
Rotating fields 3 and 4 to increase permeability near the Metro Expo Line Station
Feasibility of incorporating 16th Street into the park
Activating the temporary practice field for passive recreational uses
Adding more flexibility for use and community amenities such as BBQs
Retaining a dog run
Considering all recommendations made by the Recreation and Parks Commission
Over 1,000 park users, residents, and stakeholders participated in the master planning process. Thank you for providing feedback on the expansion and renovation of Memorial Park! Your input guided the development of the master plan layout and programmatic concepts.
(Memorial Park Master Plan is listed as Item 8.A on the agenda)
City Council Approves Designer for Memorial Park Master Plan
Santa Monica City Council awarded the feasibility study and master plan design of the Memorial Park Redevelopment and Expansion Project to AHBE Landscape Architects. Following a competitive process, AHBE was selected based on their understanding of the project, experience working with governmental agencies and conducting community outreach, and track record with projects of similar size and scope. Their previous work includes Airport Park in Santa Monica and a master plan for Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park in Los Angeles.
An extensive community outreach process for the Memorial Park Master Plan engaged several hundred park users, residents and stakeholders. Feedback provided through focus groups, online surveys, community workshops, and working sessions guided the development of a proposed layout that will improve field functionality while updating and expanding park amenities in the future as funding is available.
At Community Workshop #2 in August 2018, participants voiced significant comments related to expanding the opportunities for diamond sports. City staff took this seriously and revisited the layout options. By expanding the park into a portion of 16th Street and proposing tennis/pickleball courts atop a covered parking lot, the design consultants incorporated an additional field into the layout.
THIRD COMMUNITY OUTREACH PACKAGE
A third community outreach package was released in June 2019 to share the culmination of the design team’s efforts to date. Conceptual plans, renderings and program element diagrams were posted to the project’s webpage for public review and comment. An info booth was set up at Memorial Park on June 1, 2019 with these materials on display, and City staff was on hand to answer questions and gather community comments. In addition, the materials were presented at a meeting of the Field Sports Advisory Council (FSAC) on June 6, 2019. After discussion and open public comments, FSAC voted to unanimously support the plan for transmittal to the Recreation & Parks Commission.
COMMUNITY WORKSHOP #2 - PRESENTATION
You can also watch the CityTV recording of the second community workshop on YouTube by clicking here.
COMMUNITY WORKSHOP #1 - PRESENTATION
Consultant: AHBE Landscape Architects
Location: 1401 Olympic Boulevard
January 23, 2018: City Council selects design team (Staff Report Item 3.H)
2018 - Summer 2019: Community outreach
Fall 2019: City Council consideration of proposed master plan (TENTATIVE)
Memorial Park is a 10.3-acre community park with six baseball/softball fields, a skate park, four tennis courts, gated children’s play structures, on-site parking, restrooms, a dog run area and three City-owned and operated community buildings.
The City has engaged AHBE Landscape Architects to develop a cohesive master plan for combining the existing park with a City-owned, 2.9-acre site to the north. Through a planning and community engagement process, a conceptual layout will be developed for a newly renovated and expanded community park with a focus on diamond sports, particularly baseball and softball.