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Virginia Avenue Park

Notice: COVID-19 reopening information for City parks and programs will be updated at


Emergency Food Pantry at Virginia Avenue Park

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Santa Monica and Virginia Avenue Park has partnered with the Westside Food Bank to offer pre-assembled food bags, one per household to low-income Santa Monica residents and/or families with children enrolled in SMMUSD schools. PDF flyer (English / Español).
Food pantry bags will be distributed by appointment only.
For appointments, call (424) 410-1354 or (310) 458-8688, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.
Pick up hours are by appointment only. 
Volunteers Needed! To help us serve the 150+ households and 300+ boxes distributed each week, we need volunteers on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Liz Scharetg at

Out of School Programs

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. 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 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.


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 further notice.   

  • 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, 10 am - 6 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

Saturday, June 19, 2021 | 29th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
| 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon | Register in advance for this FREE webinar



The Change is Here! Join us for a morning of song and music to celebration Santa Monica’s 29th Annual Juneteenth Celebration!

Juneteenth commemorates America’s second Independence Day, when the Union general in Galveston, Texas read the federal orders of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation proclaiming all previously enslaved people in Texas were free, two years after the adoption of the proclamation.

The theme for this year’s virtual 29th Annual Juneteenth Celebration “The Change is Here” is inspired by the famous Sam Cook song that foretold A Change is Gonna Come. It was also developed as a response to the outpour of calls for change locally and nationally towards a more equitable society. Similarly, Santa Monica’s Juneteenth Celebration has been a voice of change within the community since 1992 thanks to the leadership of LaVerne Ross, whose family had been celebrating Juneteenth in Texas before she and her family relocated to Santa Monica in the 1950s.

The program’s Master of Ceremonies will be spoken word artist Sean Raymond Hill and the presentation will include:

  • Traditional opening drum call performed by Chazz Ross and dancer Teresa Smith
  • A selection of classic and original soul and blues pieces performed by Harold Wherry and the Blue Breeze Band
  • Gospel favorites performed by Kaleo & the Voice of One Singers featuring Dr. Henry Jackson
  • The annual presentation by Mayor Himmelrich of the Juneteenth Proclamation to LaVerne Ross founder and visionary of the Juneteenth Celebration in Santa Monica
Presented by the City of Santa Monica and the Juneteenth Celebration Committee, Inc.

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 
  • 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.
    • Clinics will begin Wednesday, March 11, 2020 and will be available in English and Spanish. No appointments necessary, walk-ins welcome.

For more information call (310) 458-8688 or visit 

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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