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Shaping the future of Santa Monica's parks
By Kevin Herrera

The City of Santa Monica is asking for feedback to help shape the future of parks and recreation in Santa Monica. 


The Parks & Recreation Master Plan Update is the framework to guide decision-making over the next 20 years as the city improves its parks and recreation system


Master planning is a cooperative problem-solving process used to examine how a park (or park and recreation system) exists today and envisions the future.  


"Our open spaces, recreational facilities and programs are a tangible reflection of the quality of life in Santa Monica," said John C. Smith, Santa Monica Recreation and Parks Commission chair.

"[The master planning effort] will ensure the system meets the needs of our community tomorrow and 20 years from now. I'm thrilled to see this get underway." 


Santa Monica residents and stakeholders are invited to participate in several ways: Fill out a quick digital survey, attend a community meeting, and/or visit one of the many outreach pop up stations throughout the season. The pop ups will host games like Parks and Rec BINGO and Think Tank activities with prizes such as a Swim Center day passes, Breeze Bikeshare vouchers, or stored value TAP cards.  


Online survey:

Parks & Recreation Master Plan, active through June 30, 2018:


Park Pop Ups:

Douglas Park Pop Up Session: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 10 a.m. - Noon, Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update Pop Up with Games and Prizes


Summer SOULstice Pop Up Session: Thursday, June 24, 2018, 11 a.m - 1 p.m. Main Street: Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update Pop Up with Games and Prizes


Community Workshop #1 for the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update: Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, 10am – Noon, Civic Center Auditorium East Wing. Share your favorite parks and recreation programs or facilities, participate in mapping exercises, and identify gaps in service to help envision the future of parks and recreation in Santa Monica.


Community Workshop #2 for the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Update: January 2019. Identify priorities among desired improvements, services, programming, and parks system additions through an interactive exercise.


Updates will be available online at


All are encouraged to follow along and participate on social media using #SaMoParksMasterPlan and #MemorialParkMasterPlan 



This article was repurposed from a City of Santa Monica press release.

Kevin Herrera is a former journalist turned marketing and communication expert, beer enthusiast, cyclist, cultural observer/commentator and expert on all things Downtown Santa Monica. He is currently the sr. marketing & communication manager for Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.