The fountain at Ken Genser Square in front of City Hall reflects the sunset.

The fountain at Ken Genser Square in front of City Hall reflects the sunset.

Three City Hall projects have been recognized by an organization of public works agencies.

Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square; Ocean Park Boulevard Complete Green Street Project; and the Advanced Traffic Management System were recently awarded the 2013 Projects of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA).

The projects were awarded in three categories: performance, unique aspects and quality of life.

“We are very pleased and honored that Santa Monica has been recognized for these three exemplary projects that enhance the community assets and positively affect the quality of life in Santa Monica,” said Director of Public Works Martin Pastucha.

Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square was commended for linking City Hall and the community together with its 283 trees, public art, playground, and fountains which lead to iconic overlooks.

The Traffic Management Systems was lauded for providing the fire, police and public works, and traffic management staff a means of communication to monitor what is happening at major intersections in real time.

The Ocean Park Boulevard Green Street Project was praised for its impact on the environment by capturing stormwater runoff to protect the Santa Monica Bay.