For the second time this year, the City of Santa Monica will open a city-built park Sunday, July 15th.
At less than half an acre, Euclid Park, in the 1500 block of Euclid Street between Colorado Avenue and Broadway, is the second city-built park to open in Santa Monica in 24 years.
The 8.3-acre Airport Park, at the northwest corner of Bundy Drive and Airport Avenue, on the south side of Santa Monica Airport, was the first to open this year, on April 29th.
The development of Euclid Park is part of the city’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan, a 20-year plan for over $142 million worth of improvements to parks, open spaces and community facilities in Santa Monica, city officials said.
Karen Ginsberg, assistant director of the Santa Monica Community and Cultural Services Department, called it a “wonderful accomplishment” for the city to open nearly nine acres of park space as part of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
Euclid Park, a small neighborhood park designed by Rios Clementi Hale Studios and artist Abbie Baron, contains shade trees, a trellis, seating areas, a children’s play area with a swing set and climber and a gardening area with ten plots.
“It’s very much a neighborhood park,” Ginsberg said.
City officials are scheduled to celebrate the grand opening of Euclid Park from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15th, with a dedication ceremony scheduled at 1:30 p.m. The event will include music, art, refreshments and gardening demonstrations. Parking will be provided for the event at the Santa Monica Seafood parking lot at 1205 Colorado Ave.
The Euclid Park project had been in the works since 1998, when the city purchased the site from the county as part of a combined parks and housing development, city officials said.
“It was a continued effort on the part of the housing division and the Community and Cultural Services Department to create open space and affordable housing,” Ginsberg said.
The park is adjacent to Hacienda del Mar, a 13-unit residence for people with disabilities that is run by United Cerebral Palsy. The organization renovated a historic 1928 brick Spanish Colonial Revival building, formerly a Los Angeles County Health facility, and completed the work in 2003.
As part of the renovation, the city funded the construction of two small public meeting rooms in the Hacienda del Mar building that can be used for park activities.
Euclid Park is the result of an extensive community design process that included a survey, community meetings, Recreation and Parks Commission meetings and a joint meeting of the Arts Commission and Public Art Committee, city officials said.