Santa Monica Lookout
|Santa Monica Embarks on Environmental Study of Airport Park Expansion||
By Lookout Staff
August 10, 2016 -- The City of Santa Monica’s decades-old fight to close its airport is far from over, but the City Council moved ahead Tuesday with a promise to triple the size of Airport Park, including hiring environment consultants for the project.
The Council approved a contract not to exceed $257,933 (including a 10 percent contingency) to AMEC Environment and Infrastructure, Inc. to conduct an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the 12-acre expansion of the park.
An EIR is legally required before the Council can approve the project. The contract with AMEC, based in California, was on the council’s consent agenda.
The City’s goal is to develop the site for recreational use within three years, if possible, staff said. Feasibility and design studies were ordered in January by the council.
So far, the project involves expanding the existing 4-acre Airport Park by adding two additional parcels next to it in the southeastern portion of the airport. The east parcel was used for aircraft tie downs that have been relocated ("Santa Monica Airport Park Expansion Hits Milestone," March 30, 2016).
The west parcel includes a small office structure, several small metal storage hangars, automobile parking and a staging area for the Barker Hanger, the City said.
In three plans now being considered, the proposed park space uses include play fields of varying sizes for soccer, lacrosse, rugby and football, accessible playground and/or exercise equipment and accessory uses for the community, as well as restrooms, storage and a staffed maintenance building.
The project is the outgrowth of Measure LC. Passed by Santa Monica voters in 2014, the measure says airport land should be re-used for community uses, such as parks ("Opinions Vary on Reasons for Lopsided Ballot Measure Results," November 6, 2014).
The expanded park would make it one of the largest in the City.
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