Santa Monica officials have been trying for the better part of a decade to close the city’s airport and replace it with a large public park. In January, the city made progress on the former goal, cutting a deal with the Federal Aviation Administration that will allow the airport to close by 2028.
Now, the city is moving forward with a major expansion to the four acres of park space that already exist beside the airport.
As Urbanize LA notes, the 12 acres of new park land will be developed on a site that, until last year, was a parking area for planes. Last week the city released a notice of preparation indicating that an environmental review of the project will soon begin.
The document reveals that the city has decided on a design for the park. Much of the new territory will be taken up by a pair of regulation size soccer fields, to go along with the multipurpose sports field in the existing park.
There will also be a new 128-space parking lot, 60 community garden plots, a grassy recreational area, a sports track, fitness equipment, table tennis tables, and three pickleball courts. The park would be surrounded by a looping path.
The city will be holding a public hearing to discuss plans further on Tuesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, local activists including nonprofit foundation Airport2Park continue to push for a truly expansive park area to eventually replace most of the land now occupied by the airport.
- Santa Monica Airport Park's 12-Acre Expansion Begins Environmental Study [Urbanize LA]
- Santa Monica will finally close its airport—in 2028 [Curbed LA]
- Santa Monica votes to close its airport, even though the FAA says it can't [Curbed LA]
- Santa Monica Airport Foes Want To Turn It Into a Park [Curbed LA]