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.