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Tongva Park will be open daily from 6 am to 11 pm at 1615 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica.
Photo by Brenton Garen
Tongva Park will be open daily from 6 am to 11 pm at 1615 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica.

News, Parks, Santa Monica

Santa Monica's Tongva Park Opens To The Public Today

Tongva Park features a play space for children offering hill slides, a music wall, play elements, a water feature, and forts.
Photo by Brenton Garen
Tongva Park features a play space for children offering hill slides, a music wall, play elements, a water feature, and forts.

Posted Sep. 10, 2013, 9:05 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

The fences around Santa Monica's newest park -- Tongva Park -- will come down this morning, marking the completion of the 6.2 acre site across from Santa Monica City Hall.

Designed by James Corner Field Operations, Tongva Park is located on the former Rand Corporation headquarters site.

In November 2002, Rand opened a new headquarters building at 1776 Main Street.

The park is divided into four areas:

-- Garden Hill is defined by a series of seating alcoves and intimate display gardens that showcase a seasonally dynamic, native, and appropriately adapted Southern California plant palette;

-- Discovery Hill is a play space for children, offering a range of discovery experiences and settings with hill slides, a music wall, play elements, water feature, and forts embedded into a lush and shaded landscape;

-- Observation Hill reaches a height of 18 feet, offering the best views of the ocean and neighboring vicinity, and includes overlooks, a bridge, and public restroom tucked under the hill;

-- Gathering Hill provides open space for congregation and relaxation including a large multi-purpose lawn, seating terraces, and an informal picnic area.

Tongva Park is located at 1615 Ocean Avenue, diagonally across from the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier. It will be open to the public daily from 6 am to 11 pm.

Click here to read about the naming of Tongva Park.

See Friday's edition of The Mirror to find out more about the highlights of this project.

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Sep. 10, 2013, 10:11:13 am

Amy Clark said...

So excited about this beautiful new park! Thanks for the article. We were wondering where the name, "Tongva" came from.

Sep. 10, 2013, 10:22:57 am

Jerry Rubin said...

It's a wonderful park! Thank you James Corner!

Sep. 10, 2013, 10:25:37 am

Griselda de la Torre said...

The park that spans six acres is named after and in honor of the indigenous people of Los Angeles. :-)

Sep. 10, 2013, 10:26:12 am

Nicole said...

Tongva comes from the native people that were indigenous to this are.

Sep. 10, 2013, 10:27:48 am

Cindy said...

Can't wait to see our new park! I have been walking past it for the last 6 months with anticipation.

Sep. 10, 2013, 1:09:13 pm

Eddie Grijalva said...

I have not seen this park, but I am making plans to come to Southern California to check it out. With great pride, I am looking forward to visit this great Park. Eddie Grijalva, member of the Gabrielino/Tongva Tribe.

Sep. 10, 2013, 1:38:12 pm

Peggy said...

FYI

Sep. 12, 2013, 9:44:46 am

Ramharikunwor said...

Very nice we needed this type of park in our city. Thank you so much. My kids are very happy. Thanks again.

Sep. 12, 2013, 9:48:30 am

Ramharikunwor said...

Very nice we needed this type of park in our city. Thank you so much. My kids are very happy. Thanks again.

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