City of Santa Monica Recreation and Parks Commission officials are asking residents if they support the idea of having a children’s play area built somewhere at the north end of Palisades Park, along Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.

The commission will take input on the suggestion — brought to the city’s attention by parents of young children living near the park — at the commission’s regular meeting Thursday, September 21st.

Preliminary research by city staff shows that this area of the city has had an increase in births over the last five years, and that it is one of only a few areas in Santa Monica that is more than half a mile from a city park play area.

Palisades Park is Santa Monica’s oldest park, with many historic features and monuments.

There is limited space in the long, narrow park, and a play area would need to be relatively small, low-scale and designed with appropriate materials and perhaps custom features to be compatible with the park’s unique setting, commission officials said.

A specific location in the park has not been identified, but the general area being considered extends from Idaho Avenue northward to the city’s and park’s border at Inspiration Point.

Community members may share their thoughts on the concept at the commission meeting, which begins at 7:30 p.m. September 21st, at the Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth St., Santa Monica.

Comments can also be submitted to commservices@smgov.net, or faxed to (310) 576-1539.

Mailed comments can be sent to the Community and Cultural Services Department, 1685 Main St., room 210, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Comments received by Wednesday, September 20th, will be presented to the Recreation and Parks Commission for consideration.

The commission’s recommendations will be forwarded to the Santa Monica City Council for final consideration.

If the community and council support the concept, city staff will proceed with selecting a design team, completing a cost estimate, identifying a specific location in the park, and formulating a more detailed concept design for further review.

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