A community workshop for the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 25th, at the Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth St., Santa Monica.
City staff will present preliminary plans for operation of the Beach House and take comments for consideration at future planning discussions.
The workshop will cover topics including community use, reservations and fees, special event rentals, and parking and transportation.
The Annenberg Community Beach House will combine rehabilitation of the remaining elements from the historic Marion Davies Estate at 415 Pacific Coast Highway with construction of new facilities, including a pool house, an event house, gardens, a children’s water play feature and a public art element, city officials said.
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 beachfront location, its colorful history and its potential as a unique public destination, city officials said.
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 provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Expected to be 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.smgov .net/.
To be added to the project’s interest list or to request a presentation to a group or organization, firstname.lastname@example.org/.