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Virginia Avenue Park

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

  • 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 Labor Day weekend, 10 am - 6 pm daily. (Note:  Hours of operation subject to change to due drought restrictions.
  • Two lit regulation-size basketball courts
  • Large lawn area with walking path
  • Two playgrounds
  • Picnic tables and outdoor barbecue grills (Available first-come, first-serve)
  • Onsite parking
  • Smart Benches

More information on room and facility 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.  The next community workshop for the Pico Wellbeing Project will be zoning focused on Sept 24th.


Upcoming Events

Ethiopian Cultural Festival | Saturday, September 22, 2018, 5 to 10 pm | Virginia Avenue Park | FREE | Please join in celebrating Ethiopian culture and new year with music, performances, children's crafts, a fashion show, food and traditional coffee ceremony. This event is presented by Community and Cultural Services, Santa Monica Public Library, the Parent Connection Group, Community Corporation of Santa Monica, and the Ethiopian community. 

Every Saturday | Santa Monica Farmers' Market | 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Established in 1992, this neighborhood market is small but mighty. Featuring only California grown produce picked fresh the day before the market, you are guaranteed to find the best ingredients for your family. Assistance Programs available, including appointments with CalFresh Assistance (Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.. Call 310-458-8688 for an appointment).


Services

  • Department of Social Services (DPSS) is at Virginia Avenue Park
    • Services offered: Assistance with CalFresh and Affordable Health Care Applications
    • Days:  Tuesdays from 8:00am - 5:00pm
    • 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

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.

Virginia Avenue Park
2200 Virginia Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404

310-458-8688
vap.mailbox@smgov.net

Office Hours
Mon-Fri
9:00am - 5:30pm

Program Hours
Mon-Fri
3:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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