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!
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!