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About Parks

Santa Monica has 32 public parks located throughout the city. 

Park Hours 

Parks are open 6 am - 11 pm, except

  • Chess Park: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Los Amigos Park: Weeknights 6 pm - 10 pm; Weekends & school breaks 6 am - 11 pm
  • Palisades Park: 5 am - midnight

Park Rules

Official rules, rules of play and municipal codes have been established to promote safety, minimize conflicts between users, to preserve and protect our parks.  



Frequently Asked Questions

May I BBQ? Do I need a permit for my child's birthday party? Are dogs welcome? Read up on the most frequently asked questions about Santa Monica Parks. 


Planning & Policy

Two long-range plans guide the cultivation of Santa Monica's parks system:

The Recreation & Parks Commission advises staff and City Council on issues related to park projects and open space use.


Park Improvements

Visit for information on current and upcoming capital improvement projects in parks.

Check out Give Santa Monica if you're interested in contributing to park improvements or purchasing a bench.



For More Information

Permits and rules 

Field Permits

Park Maintenance 

Classes & Programs

Classes & Programs at
Virginia Ave Park


Improvement Projects


Government Outreach
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