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Santa Monica Brings Back COAST Open Streets Event October 1

 
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By Lookout Staff

September 11, 2017 -- Santa Monica will once again provide a glimpse of what it could be like living on vibrant carless streets when it hosts its second annual COAST event next month.

The open streets event -- which takes place Sunday October 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- gives people the chance to walk, bike and skate through two miles of activated streets, officials said.

The route covers Ocean Avenue from Wilshire Boulevard to Tongva Park and Main Street from Colorado to Pier Avenues, giving participants the chance to experience the new Expo light rail line and explore the heart of the City free of cars, officials said.

"Along the route, participants will experience live music and performances, local food, art installations, exciting restaurants, one-of-a-kind shops, promotions on the Pier, and unique areas promoting mobility, art, and sustainability," officials said.

COAST was merged last year with the Santa Monica Festival, an annual celebration of spring that had taken place in the bayside city for 26 years.

Last year's event, which drew more than 50,000 people, gave participants a chance to experience the newly opened Expo light rail line and get a taste of what it would be like to get around the heart of downtown and the city's most popular attractions without a car.

City officials deemed it such a success and decided to discontinue Santa Monica festival and replace it with COAST, allocating $400,000 for the event this year ("City Plans to Discontinue Santa Monica Festival," March 8, 2017).

Funding would come from “repurposing existing resources, such as those previously allocated for the Santa Monica Festival, the Pedestrian Action Plan Implementation CIP fund and other sources,” the report said.

Because the spring and summer is already packed with events, City officials decided to push back the event to October, officials said.

"The City is excited for year two of this event that connects us to the many ways of getting around in Santa Monica, and to each other," City officials said.

For more information, visit smgov.net/coast

 


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