City Council To Vote On Regulating Outdoor Santa Monica Fitness Classes

Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013, 9:20:00 AM

Parimal M. Rohit

The Santa Monica City Council returns to the dais tonight and

will consider options for

commercial fitness camps and classes on public property.

According to City staff, some community members had complained of

“the proliferation of unregulated fitness training and boot camps in

City parks and at the beach.”

“Most of the complaints about this activity refer to the intense use of the north end of Palisades Park,” City staff added.

Accordingly, City staff had developed, at the Council’s direction, a

“proposed regulatory system for non-City sponsored commercial fitness

instruction, classes or camps offered in parks and the beach.”

“The new regulatory structure would include a change to the Municipal

Code, new rules, and a permit system with permit and use charges,” City

staff stated.

Based upon feedback and suggestions collected by fitness trainers and

residents, City staff proposed several changes, including; “the need

for a permit system; insurance; indemnification; compliance with

existing business license and police permit rules; identification of

parks appropriate for commercial fitness activity; and new rules

addressing protection of park amenities.”

City staff added a consensus was not reached amongst local officials,

fitness trainers, and residents about “the amount of use charges to be

paid by trainers and instructors” and “the extent of the restrictions in

Palisades Park.”

The council’s meeting begins at 6:30 pm at City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica.

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