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Worn Paths at Two Santa Monica Parks Set to be Replaced
By Niki Cervantes
March 1, 2018 -- The popular but worn-down public paths at Santa Monica’s Palisades Park and Virginia Avenue Park are poised to temporarily close this spring while being replaced with a natural, non-eroding material.
The project will replace about 115,000 square feet of the two paths existing granite, which is decomposing after being worn down over time by pedestrians, joggers and cyclists.
A $786,500 contract for the replacement work with STL Landscape, Inc. was approved by the City Council Tuesday night.
Tuesday’s staff report said the two park pathways will be replaced with a product which is a made of “natural, organic, permeable and non-eroding material.”
The work will be phased in at the two sites, and the City will attempt to “ensure that impacts to park use are minimized to the extent possible during peak summer dates,” the report said.
“Further delaying the project would fail to address community complaints and accessibility concerns related to the poor conditions of the parks’ pathways,” staff said.
Staff added that they anticipate "access interruptions" to specific areas of the park.
Notices also will be mailed and information will be posted on social media and the City’s webpage, the report said.
Six vendors competed for the job, according to staff.
STL Landscape, Inc. has completed similar projects for Caltrans, Los Angeles County, Montebello Unified School District and the cities of Santa Ana, Claremont and Rolling Hills Estate, as well as the City Santa Monica.
It provided the lowest bid.
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