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Live Jazz, Ice Cream at Ocean Park 'Green Street' Opening

The city's celebration for $4 million in street improvements is 2 p.m. Feb. 9.

A year-long project to beautify and improve a stretch of Ocean Park Boulevard so it's friendlier to cyclists and pedestrians will officially end this weekend with a grand opening party.

City officials and community leaders will celebrate 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 in front of SMASH and John Muir Elementary schools, between Fifth and Sixth streets. Bike valet will be available. 

There will be live jazz, bicycle demonstrations and bicycle-made ice cream. Santa Monica Spoke will lead a bike ride down new green bicycle lanes.

Santa Monica Gets Its First—Very Bright—Green Bike Lanes

The $4 million "complete green street" concept, partly funded by Measure V, Santa Monica's "Clean Beaches and Ocean Parcel Tax," also includes wider sidewalks; more than 100 new trees and new landscaping; new marked crosswalks with overhead flashing beacons; bright green bike lanes, new striping and bike racks; 75 new light poles, benches, trash cans; and traffic signal improvements.

The project also includes new systems and drip irrigation designed to "significantly" reduce the amount of urban run-off that flows into the Santa Monica Bay, city officials said.

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Barry M Bunes February 04, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Now that I know the cost I can say what a tremenous boondogle this is. It may be great for cycleists, for pedestrians it sucks like linda lovelace in heat. I have already knocked a jogger on her butt, where the sidewalk narrows down to less that the wheel width of a shopping cart. (wonder how they they determined that sidewalk width....too many black homeless people moving between Lincoln and the beach). So for me spending four million dollars to start right of way fights, and keep the homelss in check is not worth the money
Jill February 06, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Who in their right mind would want to wander down OP Blvd. between Lincoln and the Ocean with concrete, cars, green paint, traffic lights and boredom when you can just move one block over to a residential street and have an interesting walk?.
Brenda Barnes February 07, 2013 at 12:11 AM
They really plan to sell off all the apt bldgs to developers for the now-ubiquitous 5-story "mixed use" two level subterranean garage ground floor retail obscene "transit-oriented development" buildings they plan for the entire City's main streets. It was another taxpayer-financed, developer-benefiting project voted for by the DL (developers' lapdog) City Council. Recall the four who voted for this, all the other obscenities, and LUCE, the General Plan change allowing it: O'Connor, O'Day, Holbrook, and Davis.

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