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Residents Invited to Have a Hand in Colorado Esplanade Plans  

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By Lookout Staff

October 24, 2011-- When the Expo Train reaches the end of the line, thousands of visitors a day will step out onto a walkway touching on Santa Monica's most attractive draws – the Pier, Santa Monica Place and upcoming improvements to the city's Civic Center, including Pacific Garden Walk Park.

Site of future Colorado Esplanade. Image courtesy of Peter Walker Partners.

The Colorado Esplanade will be pedestrian friendly and an aesthetic attraction in itself, if the vision expressed by streetscape designer Peter Walker Partners at the September 16 Planning Commission meeting is any indication ( Planners Ponder Colorado Esplanade Traffic Quandaries, September 16, 2011).

Santa Monican's are invited to walk the site this Wednesday – the blocks of Colorado Boulevard from 4th Street west to the Pier – and imagine what it will look like, as representatives of the internationally-renowned designer share their impressions and identify the features that will form the basis of their creation.

After they've gotten a chance to look at the future esplanade, participants can regroup at the Ken Edwards Center to talk about ideas to improve walking, bicycling, circulation and ways to enhance this gateway to the city with landscaping and public art.

The City says everyone's input is key to create a community vision for this improvement to downtown Santa Monica to be enjoyed by all who live, work and visit here.

The walk will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26 at the intersection of Main and Second Streets and Colorado Avenue.

The Community Workshop will begin at 7 p.m., the same evening, at Ken Edwards Center at 1527 Fourth Street.

Please RSVP to ensure any needed accommodations by emailing or call (310) 458-8341.

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