Category Archives: #SaMoParks

Update: Santa Monica Airport

Last Tuesday Airport2Park was up late at a City Council meeting advocating for more parks and a new Parks Master Plan which would include the 12 acre Airport Park Expansion and ultimately a Great Park to replace Santa Monica Airport when it closes at the end of 2028.
The agenda item was passed!

On the very next morning our community and neighbors were rewarded with peace and quite for the first time in years with the airport is CLOSED for runway shortening. Additionally now a federal judge this past Monday dismissed a case challenging the agreement between the City of Santa Monica and the Federal Aviation Administration regarding the immediate shortening of the runway at Santa Monica Airport and the closure of the airport after 2028. Link

Have you noticed how quiet it has been? We sure have!

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The runway shortening process will create a runway safety area where there is currently none to make our community safer. This current temporary airport closure will last until December 23rd to complete construction. When the airport reopens this will exclude some of larger jets from using the airport and move the runway’s ongoing harmful impacts 750′ away from people’s home. Though obviously there is more to be done, we are excited to see this step in the right direction .

One next step is to continue the process by advocating for the City Council’s vote to remove all the excess asphalt at the ends of the shortened runway and replace it with grassy open space that could include pedestrian and bicycle paths.

This is yet one more in a series of important step towards repurposing SMO into a future Great Park that EVERYONE can enjoy.

We continue to stand with Airport2Park.

For now — Enjoy the peace and quiet!

 

Progress Report: Airport 2 Park

Santa Monica is moving forward with two positive projects which should improve the quality of life for our community.

1st the City is currently shortening the Airport runway by 1500′ so that it will become safety compliant and to exclude larger jets. This runway shortening project might also provide the opportunity for additional new park access space at the ends of the runway.
SMO is now closed to all air traffic from 9pm-7am and will close ENTIRELY for two weeks at the end of the year until the runway shortening project is completed.
2nd the 12 acres of the Airport Park Expansion currently being designed by noted park designer Mark Rios, has moved forward to the important Environmental Impact Report stage. The park design will include full size playing fields, pickle ball courts, community gardens, playgrounds, walking paths and will provide much needed new recreational resources and opportunities for our community.

GREAT NEWS!

Meanwhile the six acres of “Interim Open Space” is now open for everybody to use! And it is getting used!

This new public space is located adjacent to the current Dog Park on the future site of the Santa Monica Airport Park Expansion while it is being planned. It is the perfect place to walk, jog, ride a bike, skateboard or push a scooter without any obstruction or traffic. It is especially perfect for kids learning to ride a bike. The 6 acres are open sunset to sunrise. Enter from the lot behind the playing fields. Check it out!


The Environmental Impact Report is now available for you to review:
Your comments are invited and may be submitted, in writing, by 5:30 PM on Monday Dec 11, 2017 to:
Rachel Kwok
Environmental Planner City Planning Division
1685 Main Street
Room 212 Santa Monica, CA 90401

Kidical Mass Halloween Edition, October 28th, 2017

KIDICAL MASS: Halloween
Costume Contest

DATE:    SATURDAY October 28, 2017
TIME:    9:00 AM – NOON

START:  Reed Park – California Side

Free: Please RSVP HERE

Join Santa Monica Spoke and City of Santa Monica for the Kidical Mass Halloween Ride. 
We will take a family friendly ride around the neighborhood North of Wilshire on a regular kid friendly event. Prizes and giveaways at when we return!

Schedule.
9::00am – 12:00pm
Don’t miss the fun pre-ride activities!
– Check-in, Morning Snacks, Bike Safety Checks, Helmet Decorating and games!
– FAMILY Ride
– Prizes, plus post ride activities and snacks


 

* Children must be accompanied and are the responsibility of their parents. Bikes should be in good working condition. Free Safety Checks on site for minor adjustments/repairs. Please use good judgement – ride is on city streets – smaller children should be in a child seat, in a trailer or Tag-a-long……

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Don’t have a bike –
You can #RideBreeze!

Don’t have a Kid Carrying Bike? NOT  A PROBLEM !sm_bike_center
Special 20% discount on Rentals at the Santa Monica Bike Center. You can find special Kid carrying cargo bikes, kid seats, trailers, tandems, tag-a-longs!! Anything you could need at a 20% discount for rentals) – Please reserve online and write “Kidical Mass” in the special requirements section of the reservation – 20% discount will be applied at check out! Reserve early and plan to pick up bikes Saturday morning in time to arrive at the event.

COAST: City of Santa Monica’s Open Streets Festival is THIS SUNDAY!

WE ARE SO EXCITED!!

COAST: City of Santa Monica Open Streets Festival returns on Sunday, October 1, 2017,


PLUS you can get in a Walk with the Mayor to all the fun!

Join us in celebrating COAST: City of Santa Monica’s Open Streets Festival for everyone with various activities planned on our community streets as well as in our parks! There will be fun “hubs” with the following themes: mobility, cultural and sustainability, including live entertainment and food stalls.

Santa Monica Spoke will be in the Mobility Zone at the Santa Monica Civic on Main Street. We will have a Bike Rodeo / Skills course, a Bicycle Exhibition on carrying Cargo by Bike along with MANY MANY MORE fun and engaging activities! 

Our Bike Skills Course Rodeo and Cargo Bike Display is made possible by the COAST / City of Santa Monica and our community sponsors and supporters: Helen’s Cycles & Performance Bicycles Santa Monica and Pocrass and de Los Reyes

Sign up to win a FREE HUFFY CRUISER! 

Bike, bus, train or walk your way to a free, engaging and fun way to explore the city. Enjoy two miles of car-free streets and discover local food, music, shops, culture, dance and games with family and friends. Grab a picnic from a local restaurant or sit down and eat while you enjoy the view of all kinds of people enjoying Santa Monica. Shop at local businesses, discover new stores and revisit old favorites. The route is primarily along Ocean, Colorado, and Main throughout downtown Santa Monica. 

COAST is free and open to everyone. We encourage you to come out and join us for a lively Sunday in Santa Monica.

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If you are wondering, “what’s COAST?”
Santa Monica’s COAST Open Streets Festival marries the concept of shutting down the street to cars with a cultural festival – back for its second year! This year, the City of Santa Monica is pulling off even more live music, interactive art stations, and loads of food. The route is two-miles long, so can easily be walked, biked, skated or navigated by wheelchair.  

A few of the Top Things COAST’s organizers are most excited for:

  • All-string female Mariachi band Las Collbrí (Farmers Market)
  • Hip-hop dance group Antics (COAST Stage, 1 p.m.)
  • Kiel Johnson and reDiscover Center build Dream Tree from repurposed materials (Sustainability Zone)
  • Twenty Minute Treks, guided tours from poets and historians (Ocean & Broadway, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

RSVP / share the Facebook event with your friends.

DOWNLOAD THE EVENT PROGRAM!

Street Closures  |  Rerouted Buses  |  Buy Local Event Specials!

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September: Walk with the Mayor

For the month of September, we join Mayor Ted Winterer and Adopt-A-Walk for a two mile walking adventure that explores one of three neighborhood walking routes.

The walk on September 9th will leave from Reed Park — at the corner of California Ave. and Lincoln Blvd — at 10 am and loop back to Reed Park just in time for all the festivities of the Buy Local Health and Fitness Festival. See our calendar for more information on the event here or learn more on the event website here.

All you need are good walking shoes and your water bottle. The walk will be a delightful 2 mile loop through the neighborhood with the mayor, staff and the YOU!

Dogs, children and strollers are ALL WELCOME!

About the Mayor’s Ride:
Biking (AND WALKING) is better with friends! The monthly Mayor Ride was born at the Breeze One year Anniversary Event with a proclamation from our City Manager Rick Cole. We led the 1st Ride with the Mayor which was joined by the California Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors in January 2017 – This free local event has continued with monthly community bike rides with Mayor Ted Winterer and City Staff since in January with a different theme monthly. This month we are mixing it up with a walk to get a fresh and different perspective of our community. Come meet the Mayor, City staff, and your neighbors while enjoying the Santa Monica sunshine on this conversation paced, lovely walk!

Stay up to date on events all over Santa Monica and the Westside at SMSpoke.org, and here on our calendar. You can also check out Santa Monica City Planning on Facebook

About Adopt A Walk:
Adopt A Walk is a health advocacy organization passionate about creating and promoting walking friendly communities to improve the health of the people in the community in a fun and easy way. Adding walking paths can lead more adults to become active. Adopt A Walk works with city planners to establish permanently marked walking paths easily accessible. Learn more: https://www.adoptawalk.org/