Historic Belmar Park

Santa Monica’s newest park, this 3.5-acre multi-purpose sports field complex expands Santa Monica's parks system and, through the Belmar History + Art project, provide a historical reflection on a site where African American residents lived and contributed to making Santa Monica a vibrant and unique place.

A public art installation, interpretive signage and education plan was developed as part of the Belmar History + Art project, which commemorate the site that was home to a thriving African American community in the 1950s and honors the legacy of the historic Belmar neighborhood’s contributions to Santa Monica life. 

Please adhere to LA County Health Officer Orders when visiting.

BELONGING featuring Marjani Forte'-Saunders and Everett Saunders. Photo by Wesam Nassar


Wade in the Water: A Tiny Film Fest 

June 19, 2021 | 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. | Free

In honor of Juneteenth, the City is hosting Wade in the Water: A Tiny Film Fest featuring the premiere of BELONGING, a Belmar History + Art site-specific film honoring African Americans in Santa Monica. Bring blankets or beach chairs to enjoy this in-person outdoor screening of short films that celebrate Black culture and the water. 

Before the screening, enjoy food trucks, music by DJ Moni Vargas, and the history panels and sculpture that make up the Belmar History + Art exhibition. At the close of the event, stick around for a prize giveaway! 

Limited seating will be provided for accessibility.  

COVID-19 SAFETY UPDATE 6/16/21: Based on the new Health Office Order from June 15, 2021, no vaccination screening or masks will be required of attendees at this event.

Also for Juneteenth, the City will be hosting the 29th Annual Juneteenth Festival online via Zoom January 19, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon. Register in advance or find out more by visiting smgov.net/vapark

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