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Sports Field Reservations



Community groups are invited to apply for one time, occasional or seasonal use of City park playing fields. The City also permits the synthetic turf fields at John Adams Middle School (JAMS) and the track and fields at Santa Monica High School (SAMOHI) and Lincoln Middle School for community use during specified non-school hours.


Please Read Before Applying

  • We are currently accepting winter applications for dates through February 2, 2020. We will begin accepting spring applications (for dates between February 3, 2020 - June 14, 2020) on January 6, 2020 at 7:00am.  Site availability calendar can be viewed here
  • The City's permit allocation process is designed to give preference to Santa Monica youth participating in organized athletic activity and City programs. Prime time hours are Monday–Friday from 5pm–9pm; Saturday–Sundays from 9am–5pm. Requests for non prime-time field hours have an increased chance of being fulfilled.
  • Adult use of the natural grass fields is limited to low intensity sports, such as softball and baseball. The synthetic turf fields at Airport Park, JAMS, Lincoln & SAMOHI fields are designated for high intensity adult sport use, such as soccer, football, rugby, lacrosse and ultimate frisbee.


How to apply for a Sports Field

1. Fill out and submit completed application. Application can be emailed to or delivered/mailed to 1401 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404. Please note that completed application is not a permit and does not guarantee field will be granted to requester. Click here to fill out the Sports Field Rental Application & Rules

2. Community Recreation Office will process application and follow up with approval or declination notice. You will be notified by email if your application is approved or denied. Please allow up to 10 days for processing.

3. If approved, payment must be submitted in full by the due date. Payments can be processed with a credit card by phone, check by mail or in-person. Please make check/money order made payable to the “City of Santa Monica” and include the permit number.

Natural Grass Playing Fields

  • Clover Park Main Field: 1 baseball field or 1 soccer/football field (Batting cage not available for public use)
  • Clover Park Extension Field: 2 softball fields or 1 soccer/football field
  • Gandara Park: 1 baseball field or 1 soccer/football field - No lights
  • Los Amigos Field: 1 youth baseball/softball field or 1 soccer/football field - No lights
  • Marine Park: 1 baseball field or 1 softball field or 1 soccer/football field (Batting cage not available for public use)
  • Memorial Park Main Field: 1 baseball field or 2 softball fields or 1 soccer/football field 
  • Memorial Park Youth Field 5: 1 baseball field
  • Memorial Park Youth Field 6: 1 baseball field
  • SMMUSD K-5 Elementary Playing Fields are only available on Saturdays for youth groups. Most K-5 school fields are generally one big open field space which can usually accommodate 1 soccer field. - No lights (Only Saturdays- Youth Only)

Synthetic Turf Fields with Lights (Permit Required)

  • Airport Park Field: 3 small soccer fields or 1 large soccer/football field. Airport Park is divided into three short sided fields for maximum use of the space. Suitable for 7 on 7 soccer games on each third of the field. When available, use of the entire field is also possible for 11 on 11 soccer games. Due to the high demand, limited permit hours for community groups are available at Airport Park.
  • John Adams Middle School: 2 soccer fields and 1 softball field
  • Lincoln Middle School: 1 large soccer/football field
  • Santa Monica High School: 1 large soccer/football field


When not already permitted or closed for maintenance, the following fields are available for drop-in play without a permit:

  • Clover Park | 2600 Ocean Park Blvd
  • Gandara Park | Stewart Street between Pico and Exposition
  • Marine Park | 1406 Marine Street
  • Memorial Park | 1401 Olympic Blvd

When not already permitted, playground partnership fields are also available for drop-in play without a permit for youth 12 and under and their accompanying friends and family.


SAMOHI and Lincoln Track

Non-permitted Community Use

The SAMOHI and Lincoln track is available for non-permitted community use only when the site is open for a field permit or track permit and the non-permitted community use

  1. Does not interfere with programmed or permitted use
  2. Does not create an unsafe condition as determined by the School District’s monitor. 

Permitted Use

A permit is required for instructional or group (10 or more) use. Community groups are invited to apply for one time, occasional or seasonal use of the track.

Please note that this is a multi-use facility. A permit does not allow sole use of the track and field facility. Track and field permits may be issued concurrently. As stated above and at the discretion of the District monitor, members of the public may also use the track during times when the track is permitted.

Track permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis.

Requests for the same date/time will be processed according to the following priority list:

  1. District activities
  2. City programs
  3. Santa Monica non-profit youth organizations
  4. Other Santa Monica non-profit organizations
  5. Non-Santa Monica non-profit organizations
  6. Other

Samohi Track Permit Application & Rules

Lincoln Track Permit Applications & Rules


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