As part of the Annenberg Community Beach House construction project, Back on the Beach CafÈ, at 445 Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, closed for renovation February 4th.

The adjacent Beach Parking Lot 10 North closed February 7th and will remain closed through May 20th.

Improvements to the beach cafÈ will include the addition of a takeout food service window and cosmetic upgrades. Following the installation of a trellis at the entry pavilion component of the project, the parking lot will be resurfaced and re-striped.

Until the lot reopens, beach patrons are advised to carpool, ride a bike or use Beach Lot 9 North. The self-pay machine at Lot 9 accepts payment for all-day or two-hour parking.

The Annenberg Community Beach House project combines rehabilitation of remaining elements from the historic Marion Davies Estate with construction of new facilities including a pool house, event house, gardens, a children’s water play feature and a public art element.

The project is the culmination of a community planning process that began in the late 1990s with the goal of taking advantage of the site’s attractive beachfront location, its colorful history and its potential as a unique public destination.

Scheduled to open to the public in early 2009, the facility will include space for meetings and events, as well as opportunities for traditional beach recreation such as swimming, volleyball and beach tennis. The site is owned by the State of California and operated by the City of Santa Monica.

The project team includes Fred Fisher Partners Architects, Mia Lehrer & Associates, Charles Pankow Builders and public artist Roy McMakin.

The project is made possible by a 2005 gift from the Annenberg Foundation on the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks.

Additional funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Information on the project is available at 415pch.smgov.net/.

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