Santa Monica city staff members are attending a series of community meetings to present preliminary plans for the operation of the new Annenberg Community Beach House — the former Marion Davies Estate — and to take comments for consideration in further planning.

Topics covered will include community use, reservations and fees, special event rentals and parking and transportation.

City staff attended the Ocean Park Association meeting on October 12th and the Pier Restoration Corporation meeting on October 15th.

They also plan to attend the Wilshire Montana Neighborhood Coalition on Monday, October 20th and the Recreation and Parks Commission on Thursday, November 20th.

The Interpretive Program Master Plan is scheduled to be presented to the Santa Monica City Council at its meeting Tuesday, October 28th, with a study session on the Operations Plan tentatively scheduled for the council’s December 8th meeting.

In addition, a community workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on October 25th at the Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth St.

City staff is scheduling meetings with other neighborhood groups during the months of October and November and are available to meet with other interested community organizations as well.

The Annenberg Community Beach House will combine rehabilitation of the remaining elements from the historic Marion Davies Estate with construction of new facilities, including a pool house, an 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 history and its potential as a public destination.

In 2005, the city received funding from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, to preserve the site for public use.

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

Expected to open to the public next year, 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.

Information, beachhouse.sm gov.net/.

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