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Santa Monica’s Tongva Park Earns Award

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By Lookout Staff

April 9, 2015 -- The nonprofit American Planning Association has singled out Santa Monica’s Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square project as excellent examples of urban planning.

The project was honored March 31 with the Association’s National Achievement Award for Urban Design. The project was one of 12 National Achievement Award and 17 Planning Excellence Award winners, City officials announced.

Association officials received hundreds of nominations for the national awards. Previously, the Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square project earned recognition from the Los Angeles and California chapters of the APA for achievements in urban design, officials said.

“Tongva Park used to be an underutilized urban swath of asphalt,” said Mayor Kevin McKeown. “We have unpaved a parking lot and put up paradise.”

“Tongva Park is a transformational project embodying excellence in urban design, offering new connectivity in anticipation of the pending arrival of light rail nearby, and providing amenities for all members of our community, both residents and visitors,” McKeown said.

Covering 7.4 acres, Tongva Park & Ken Genser Square opened in 2013 after nearly 20 years of planning. It features rolling hills, meadows and gardens that overlook the Pacific Ocean and the historic Santa Monica Pier.

The parks also link the Civic Center and the western edge of the city, and the location is two blocks from the future terminus of the new light rail line connecting Santa Monica to Los Angeles.

“Since opening to the public in 2013, the parks have played host to concerts on the wide lawn, picnics and celebrations of art and expression,” said Karen Ginsberg, director of community and cultural services.

Said McKeown, “We are thrilled that the APA National Awards Jury has recognized the success of this project in serving the people of Santa Monica.”

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