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Santa Monica Hopes to Create Micro-Park on Ocean Park Boulevard
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By Lookout Staff

May 25, 2016 -- Starved for more park space, the City of Santa Monica is hoping to groom five small plots of land it owns on Ocean Park Boulevard and re-invent them as a tiny addition to its parks system.

The parcels are along the southern edge of Ocean Park Boulevard, between 2nd Street and Highland Avenue.

Informally known as the Ocean Park Green Space, the lots range in size from 2,200 square feet to about 6,000 square feet, totaling less than half an acre of land.

After complaints last year from neighbors about the upkeep of the parcels, the City’s Public Landscape Division began cleaning the area a few months ago, according to a May 19 report to the City Council.

Dead plants are being removed, hedges trimmed, irrigation repaired and decomposed granite added to the access paths there, said the report from Karen Ginsberg, the City's director of Community and Cultural Services.

In addition, all of the parcels are being mulched to prevent weeds and erosion, she said.

Next month, City landscapers will begin converting the irrigation system from conventional spray heads, which waste water, to a sub-surface irrigation system, Ginsberg said. They will also install drought-tolerant plants.

The Ocean Park Association last November requested that the City formally incorporate the parcels into its park system.

“As part of our designated park system, they would receive more consistent attention from City staff and be better cared for,” James Lawson, president of organization, said in a letter to the City’s Recreation and Parks Commission.

“In addition, these micro parks will help to advance the cause city-wide of adding more precious park space."

City staff hopes to bring the upgraded lots into the park system early next year as it opens Ishihara Park, located on the north side of Exposition Boulevard between Stewart Street and Dorchester Avenue, and also renames Stewart Street Park as Gandara Park.

Although it boasts beautiful ocean views, Santa Monica has relatively little green space. It has one of the lowest park space per capita rates in Los Angeles County.


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