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Public Input Sought for Santa Monica’s Reed Park Improvements

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December 22 – Reed Park, one of the oldest parks in Santa Monica, is in the final phase of an overhaul, and the public can weigh in how best to improve the one-acre lawn in the northeast section of the popular park.

The lawn area is “very under-utilized,” said Melissa Spagnuolo, senior administrative analyst for the city’s Community and Cultural Services, which oversees Santa Monica’s 23-park system.  “We just really want to activate that area.”

The public input period, which started earlier this month, has drawn a fair number of responses, as has a City email campaign aimed at those involved in the park, she said.

A park user survey can be obtained online at The survey is open until noon on Dec. 31. More information can also be obtained by emailing, or calling 3310-458-8310.

After completion and analysis of the survey, the City will host two workshops on the issue. The first will be on Saturday, January 24, from 10 a.m. to noon at the park.

Among the ideas for the lawn so far are carving out a walking path or using part of the area for non-motorized outdoor exercise equipment – a growing trend in public parks, including several in Los Angeles, Spagnuolo said.

Another possibility is using some of the property for an outdoor performance area – a service the historic Miles Memorial Playhouse there once provided but no longer does, she said.

Spagnuolo said $800,000 has been earmarked for the project.

 Located on Wilshire Boulevard between 7th Street and Lincoln Boulevard, Reed Park also includes tennis courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, a senior lunch program and offices for the city’s after school program  --  “Childcare, Recreation, Enrichment, Sports… Together,” or CREST.

Reed Park’s most recent improvements were finished in 2012. They include the addition of a new playground, a new garden next to the Miles Playhouse, new landscaping along Wilshire Boulevard and 7th Street and general updates.

 The lawn itself is in the northeast corner at Lincoln Boulevard and California Avenue, and makes up a fifth of the park’s 5.3 acres, according to the city website.
The park first opened in 1892.

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