Open Space Element
The Open Space Element establishes a long-range vision for the future development of parks and open spaces within the City of Santa Monica. This vision looks at Santa Monica as a whole and includes not only the city’s parks, gardens, greens and beaches, but also its tree-lined streets and gathering spaces in planning for open space.
This element is directed toward improving the character and quality of the City’s existing open spaces, and adding to its future inventory through reuse of public lands, redefinition of streets and transportation corridors and acquisition of private parcels in key locations. The intention is to create a meaningful and diverse system – ranging from undeveloped natural areas to carefully designed urban parks and linear pathways closely ties to enhancement of the community forest. The focus is on reinforcing the social, environmental, cultural and recreational role of open space within the City.
The most recent update to the Open Space Element was adopted on December 11, 2001.