The City of Santa Monica is holding a public informational meeting on its “Beach Greening Project” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3rd, at the Ocean Park Branch Library, 2601 Main St. in Santa Monica. All are welcome to attend.

The Beach Greening Project will convert to natural turf a section of the southerly 2600 Barnard Way beach parking lot (just north of the playground at the terminus of Ocean Park Boulevard, and between Fraser and Wadsworth Avenues).

The turf will be built to allow automobile parking on it during peak periods, such as on holidays and summer weekends. The rest of the year, the southern section of the lot — both the turf portion and an asphalt portion — will be closed to autos and available for recreation use.

The project has important water quality, environmental and recreation benefits, according to city officials.

The May 3rd meeting is intended to introduce the project design to the public and provide an opportunity for the public to discuss the project with the design team.

A California Coastal Commission permit is currently pending on the project.

The project is substantially funded by a grant from the State Water Resources Control Board, and is an adopted Santa Monica budget objective in Fiscal Year 2006-07, which ends June 30th.

The meeting room in the Ocean Park Branch Library is accessible for persons with disabilities.

Information or accommodation needs, (310) 458-8310 or TTY (310) 458-8696.

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