Santa Monica is moving forward with two positive projects which should improve the quality of life for our community.
1st the City is currently shortening the Airport runway by 1500′ so that it will become safety compliant and to exclude larger jets. This runway shortening project might also provide the opportunity for additional new park access space at the ends of the runway.
SMO is now closed to all air traffic from 9pm-7am and will close ENTIRELY for two weeks at the end of the year until the runway shortening project is completed.
2nd the 12 acres of the Airport Park Expansion currently being designed by noted park designer Mark Rios, has moved forward to the important Environmental Impact Report stage. The park design will include full size playing fields, pickle ball courts, community gardens, playgrounds, walking paths and will provide much needed new recreational resources and opportunities for our community.
Meanwhile the six acres of “Interim Open Space” is now open for everybody to use! And it is getting used!
This new public space is located adjacent to the current Dog Park on the future site of the Santa Monica Airport Park Expansion while it is being planned. It is the perfect place to walk, jog, ride a bike, skateboard or push a scooter without any obstruction or traffic. It is especially perfect for kids learning to ride a bike. The 6 acres are open sunset to sunrise. Enter from the lot behind the playing fields. Check it out!
The Environmental Impact Report is now available for you to review:
Your comments are invited and may be submitted, in writing, by 5:30 PM on Monday Dec 11, 2017 to:
Environmental Planner City Planning Division
1685 Main Street
Room 212 Santa Monica, CA 90401