Twelve Santa Monica Playgrounds Open October 9

October 7, 2020 12:15 PM

UPDATE: Effective Monday, November 30, 2020, through December 20, 2020, all City of Santa Monica playground equipment will be closed per the County of Los Angeles Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Health Officer Order. 

Santa Monica children and families will be welcomed back to twelve Santa Monica playgrounds this Friday, October 9. Last week, Los Angeles County announced that playgrounds were cleared for safe reopening with local cities taking the lead. The City’s Public Works teams have been hard at work evaluating equipment, replacing materials, pressure washing the grounds, and installing signage with guidance for a safe experience for visitors.

Santa Monica playgrounds reopening October 9:

Santa Monica playgrounds reopening October 12:

Parks that do not have nearby restrooms or need additional maintenance will not open until it is safe to do so, with announcements to follow. These playgrounds are:

“We are excited to welcome families back to playgrounds across the City.  We ask for everyone’s cooperation in following the guidelines and posted signage so that we can get outside and play safely,” said Interim City Manager Lane Dilg.

Muscle Beach and park outdoor exercise equipment remain closed with reopening slated soon. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) will reopen playgrounds at Roosevelt, Franklin, and McKinley elementary schools this weekend through the Playground Partnership. Playgrounds at Edison, Grant, Roosevelt, and Los Amigos will be reopened by SMMUSD through the end of next week. The hours are 3 to 6 p.m.

The City looks forward to welcoming everyone back to these beloved play spaces. In order to keep them open and to protect community health – particularly for our youngest Santa Monicans – we need all visitors to be vigilant in following posted signage and required health guidelines:

Access to open space and playgrounds are more critical than ever as students participate in online learning. The City is committed to advancing access to the outdoors and the playground reopening follows these recent actions:

Volleyball, basketball, and soccer games/scrimmages and adult skill activities are still not allowed. The City is closely monitoring LA County Department of Public Health forthcoming reopening guidelines for outdoor fitness equipment and will release details of any additional reopenings at that time.

All recreational activities allowed to reopen and their specific protocols can be found at https://covid19.lacounty.gov/recovery-recreation-entertainment-travel-and-learning/

 

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