The City of Santa Monica is updating the 20 year Parks and Recreation Master Plan and has been hosting meetings with the community throughout the summer. The last planned event is this Sunday at the Summer SOULstice Festival – 11am to 1pm.
We encourage you to share your input via the online survey that will be ending soon! This is a great opportunity for all of us to give input and to reinforce community support for more open space and to replace Santa Monica Airport with a Great Park when it closes in 2029.
What kind of park do you want to replace the airport? Let the City know! Miles of protected bike and pedestrian paths? A Bike Campus with public bike repair facilities — a BMX track? How about coffee and snack concessions for people walking, biking and enjoying the park?
The online survey that will take 5-10 minutes and will ask you to drop pins on a map for your favorite beach and park and give feedback about existing recreational programs. Near the end of the survey you will be asked about LOOKING TO THE FUTURE. This will be your opportunity to drop a blue pin to focus on the Airport and put your ideas for a GREAT PARK!
Here is the LINK to the SURVEY: https://app.maptionnaire.com/en/3892
Join us in supporting a Great Park at SMO: More recreation? More Sports? More Nature? More Open Space? This is your chance! Do the survey!
For more information about about the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, here is an update: http://www.canyon-news.com/future-of-parks-in-santa-monica/78530
This Sunday June 24th, join Mayor Ted Winterer and Santa Monica Spoke on a feeder ride from Douglas Park to 18th Annual Main Street Santa Monica “Summer Soulstice” Block Party. The ride will leave at 11:30 am from the west side of Douglas Park (near the tennis courts and restrooms), travel down California Ave to the Beach, and ride the beach bike path down to Main Street.
The ride will be roughly 4.5 miles long. Remember to bring your own bike, helmet, lock & water bottle. Children are welcome but should be capable of street riding or in an appropriate child seat or trailer. There is no cost to participate.
No bike? No problem! Just grab a Breeze Bike Share Bike.
Benefiting Heal the Bay and Santa Monica Spoke, the summer festival with SOUL, will feature 5 live-music stages and 18 bands, showcases Main Street businesses along with 100+ local vendors, activation sites for all ages, 4 beer & wine gardens and for the first time, car-free streets spanning nearly one mile long!
For all the latest info see the event updates:
June, Ride with the Mayor will depart in time to arrive for the start of the Festival!
Join over 2,000 other riders, and enjoy a great day of bicycling along the LA River and through Downtown LA to Long Beach. With five rides to choose from, ranging from 2 to 100 miles, there’s an experience for everyone at the LA River Ride. Bring out the little ones for a free 2-mile Kids’ Ride, or pedal with the whole family at our 15-mile Family Ride (one registration covers a family of 5!). Want a bigger challenge? Train up with our 36-mile Ride or dig into the Metric Century Plus, covering 68 miles. For those wanting to push it to the limit, the Century Ride will go from Griffith Park to Long Beach – and back – and is a great, flat route for first-time Century riders!
CASM Climate Corps Apprenticeship 2018 — Apply Now!
“Exercising my ‘reasoned judgment,’ I have no doubt that the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society.” —U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken, Juliana v. U.S. (Our Children’s Trust Climate Lawsuit)
Do you know a young person ready to take initiative to be a bright face of the future and an engaging presence for a safe climate and true sustainability? This summer, the CASM Climate Corps 2018 Apprenticeship is open to high school and college students committed to caring for the biosphere and helping to create a resilient community. Different from an internship, we are emphasizing ongoing learning experiences to enhance individual pursuits and imaginative teamwork, so that each Climate Corps Apprentice will communicate with diverse people living, studying, working or visiting in Santa Monica about the impact of climate change on our lives, showcasing actions that each person, family, neighborhood or group can take and sharing available Santa Monica, regional or state resources.
If you are willing to challenge yourself and energize your thinking and talents to be a part of the CASM Climate Corps 2018, please submit an application. Early bird deadline is Wednesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. (Pacific Time). Deadline is Friday, June 8, at 6 p.m. (Pacific Time).
Interviews will be conducted on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, unless otherwise arranged for those with special circumstances.
Partnering with the City of Santa Monica and others, in two years, the Climate Corps has garnered much attention and appreciation. As Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole has attested, investing in the Climate Corps, is “probably the most cost-effective use of taxpayers funds that you will find anywhere in Southern California because this was fueled by more than the stipends that the participants received. It was fueled by their youthful passion and belief in a cause much bigger than themselves. I’ve been inspired by their talents, their caring.”
Year three promises to be inspirational in powerful, joyful ways. Apply!