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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


The Saturday Farmers Market is temporarily shifted to Downtown Santa Monica beginning April 18, 2020 for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. More Information


CURRENT SERVICES DURING LOCAL EMERGENCY:

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, 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 liz.scharetg@smgov.net.

Summer Lunch Program for School-Aged Children

Free grab and go meals are available for children 18 years and younger to pick up Monday through Friday at Virginia Avenue Park outside of the Patio Room just north of the Thelma Terry building from June 29 – August 14, 2020 between 11:30 and 1 pm. (meals will not be served Friday, July 3 due to the holiday). Each bag lunch may include items such as a sandwich, pizza or a burrito as well as fresh fruit/vegetable, and milk (upon request). 
Adults can pick up a bag lunch for each school-age child in their household without a child present due to COVID 19 safety guidelines until supplies last.
This service is walk up only.

 

 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.   We are currently processing applications to reserve City facilities for the period after March 31, 2020, but the grant of any such application is contingent on the local emergency having come to an end by the date of the reservation.  All reservations will be deemed null and void, and City facilities will remain unavailable for use, so long as the local emergency remains in place.

  • 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
  • Smart Benches
  • Room Rental at Virginia Avenue Park

Programs

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.


Pico Wellbeing Project

The Pico Wellbeing Project is the City's first attempt at using what we learned through our Wellbeing Index to create a multi-faceted approach to community development. It is based on the idea that innovative approaches to solving public challenges are best created through meaningful and sustained partnerships with an empowered community.

Stay involved through the PWP website! Sign up, comment, and hear what others have to say!  Learn about the Wellbeing Microgrants that have been awarded and the projects coming in the fall. 


Upcoming Events

Every Saturday | Santa Monica Farmers' Market | 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. | The Saturday Farmers Market is temporarily shifted to Downtown Santa Monica beginning April 18, 2020 for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. More Information

 


Services

  • 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.
    • 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 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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