Yesterday, the California Coastal Commission unanimously approved the permit for the Civic Center Multipurpose Sports Field at the corner of 4th Street and Pico Boulevard. The project is now designed, fully funded and set to break ground in August.
“This was the biggest hurdle for fast-tracking the sports field,” said City Manager Rick Cole. “Our City Council pushed to get this done, so City teams worked closely with community advocates to get us here, six months ahead of schedule. This success demonstrates what’s possible by working together. We’re excited about inviting everyone to the groundbreaking this summer.”
Several field advocates testified in support of the project before the Commission’s approval. Three conditions were adopted as part of the approval:
Pay tribute to the history of the site and surrounding neighborhood – formerly the Belmar Triangle – through interpretive signage, education and cultural arts programs.
Submit a transportation demand management and monitoring program plan with the goal of reducing parking demand on the site over the long term.
After construction, implement a parking monitoring program to measure occupancy.
Steps to achieving these conditions are already underway and will in no way impede field construction. The $8 million project is set to be completed in July 2020.
For project history and more information, visit www.santamonicaparks.org/civic-center-fields/.
Submitted by Constance Farrell, Santa Monica Public Information Officer