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Virginia Avenue Park

Notice: COVID-19 reopening information for City parks and programs will be updated at santamonica.gov/coronavirus-reopenings

NOW OPEN as of June 28, 2021:  Virginia Avenue Park Center Office, Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm

CURRENT SERVICES DURING LOCAL EMERGENCY:

Mobile Food Pantry at Virginia Avenue Park

Virginia Ave Park has partnered with the Westside Food Bank to operate a mobile food pantry and support the pantry at Church on Pearl. These resources are for Santa Monica residents of all income levels, particularly those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  They will be available on a first come first served basis. For additional food resources, visit www.santamonica.gov/coronavirus-resources#food
Church on Pearl
1520 Pearl Street 
310.399.3509
Wednesdays
2:30 pm—5:30 pm
Westside Food Bank
Mobile Food Pantry at Virginia Avenue Park
2200 Virginia Ave
310.828.6016 x 12
wsfb.org 
Thursdays
11:00 am—12:30 pm
Flyer: English - Spanish 

Out of School Programs

Volunteers Needed for Afterschool Homework Help

Do you have some time to share? Become a homework help tutor!  Make a difference in the lives of neighborhood youth. Monday through Thursday, 3:00 to 7:00 pm.

Volunteer tutors assist elementary, middle and high school students with homework, study plans and test preparation. Homework help tutors teach vital study skills and will be assigned one on one to help in a specific subject area or with general academic progress.  Volunteers can select the time that best suits their schedule, Monday through Thursday between 3:00 – 7:00 pm.  Homework help runs during the school year, from early September through early June.

City of Santa Monica volunteers 18+ must clear a fingerprint background check prior to being placed. 

Flyer: English and Spanish

For more information and to receive an application form, email vap@smgov.net  or call 310-458-8688. 

Youth Program

The City of Santa Monica's out of school programs continue to reopen with limited capacity to ensure safety for the community.  City staff have made necessary changes to programming due to modified hours, social distancing, and infection control guidance. 

Virginia Avenue Park after school programs offer a combination of free active outdoor activities, educational enrichment, homework help and school break camps.  Youth are assigned to a cohort and will experience a variety of educational enrichment and recreation and sports activities.  Limited enrollment.  Please contact the VAP office for registration information.  vap@smgov.net or 310-458-8688.

VAP and the City of Santa Monica continue to place the highest value on the health and safety of our community.  Taking the guidance from the CDC and LA County Public Health Department, additional mandatory safety protocols and procedures have been implemented in an effort to keep us all as safe as we can be during this time.

For City of Santa Monica information as it becomes available, please check santamonica.gov/coronavirus-reopenings. Re-opening is subject to change based on the County of Los Angeles Public Health orders and guidelines.


Virginia Avenue Park is a 9.5-acre park located at 2200 Virginia Ave (Map). It's home to a vibrant community center, a weekly Farmers Market, and the Pico Branch Library. In addition to a full schedule of free programs for community members of all ages, Virginia Avenue Park hosts many community events throughout the year.


Facilities

During the duration of the local emergency proclaimed by the City as the result of the COVID-19 virus, City facilities will not be available for meetings or other public events until after August 1st, 2021.

  • Park Center, Teen Center and Thelma Terry Building: House park staff, programs, and meeting rooms available to rent
  • The Patio: A popular spot for birthday parties, this building is located next to the Splash Pad and available to rent.. 
  • The Splash Pad: Located adjacent to The Patio and children's playground. Open seasonally from Memorial Day through October 31, 8 am - 8 pm daily (subject to change).
  • Pico Branch Library and Annex
  • Two lit regulation-size basketball courts
  • Large lawn area with walking path
  • Two playgrounds
  • Most picnic tables and outdoor barbeque grills are first come first serve, there is one reservable picnic area
  • Onsite parking
  • Room Rental at Virginia Avenue Park

Other Programs (currently not available)

In addition to outdoor amenities, Virginia Avenue Park is home to a vibrant community center offering a variety of free educational, recreational programs and activities for Santa Monica families of all ages and abilities.


Upcoming Events 

Every Saturday | Santa Monica Farmers' Market | 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. | The Saturday Farmers Market is now OPEN. More Information




Services (suspended until further notice)

  • Department of Social Services (DPSS) is at Virginia Avenue Park
    • Services offered: Assistance with CalFresh and Affordable Health Care Applications
    • Days:  Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Call 310-458-8688 for an appointment
For more information on other services contact DPSS Customer Service Call Center at 1(866) 613-3777 or apply online at www.dpssbenefits.lacounty.gov 
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles - Free Walk-in Legal Clinic at Virginia Avenue Park
    • Services offered: Members of the public can meet one on one with a LAFLA lawyer for help with any variety of legal issues such as family law, child support, child custody, divorce, paternity, domestic violence, restraining orders, expungements, housing rights, immigration, and more. 
    • Days: Every second Wednesday from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.

For more information call (310) 458-8688 or visit smgov.net/vapark 


Virginia Avenue Park Advisory Board

The Virginia Avenue Park Advisory Board helps City staff and the Recreation & Parks Commission ensure that programs, events, and amenities at Virginia Avenue Park meet community needs. The 7-member Board meets monthly.

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