Santa Monica's Tongva Park Opens To The Public Today

Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013, 9:05:00 AM

Brenton Garen

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.

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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