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Memorial Park
1401 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Next door to the Crossroads Elementary School campus, Memorial Park is distinguished for its skatepark, where atMore least a few kids are usually found doing ollies. It's also remarkable for the Memorial Park Gym, which features indoor basketball and volleyball courts, and the concession stand that serves the park's two baseball fields. Parents concerned about their kids' safety might find comfort in the Police Activities League building, which is located on park grounds; a children's playground is situated nearby. Other amenities include four tennis courts, all light-equipped; three softball infields; an adult baseball field; a soccer field; and an off-leash area for dogs. The park features community-meeting rooms and, perhaps most attractive of all, a free parking lot containing 63 spaces.

A new fitness room, situated adjacent to the park's gym, opened in September and started attracted a following in the ensuing months. The Annenberg Beach House has temporarily loaned a host of fitness equipment–most of it no more than two years old–to the park. In June, the equipment will be reclaimed, and the fitness room will close.

Memorial Park offers morning and evening circuit-training classes three days a week, with plans for more beginning in January 2011. With no membership required usage fees starting a $3 per day for Santa Monica residents and $4 per day for non-residents, it rivals the costs for national fitness chains without the large crowds.

Tony Carpowich is the Community Program Supervisor of Memorial Park.

Reed Park
1133 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Dedicated in memory of artist and former Santa Monica Mayor Christine Emerson Reed, this quiet oasis of green is only aMore few blocks away from the busy commercial district of Wilshire Blvd. With tennis courts providing a buffer between the street and the park's other features, Reed remains an attractive destination for families, teens and athletes. Amenities include a community center; the Miles Memorial Playhouse; a children's playground; the Reed Park Auditorium, which can accommodate up to 90 people; and a wide array of sports venues (the six lighted tennis courts, two basketball courts, and a court for croquet and horse shoes). Also housed on the Reed Park grounds are staff offices for youth services, and the city's Childcare, Recreation, Enrichment & Sports Together program. Though it remains open, the park is under construction. A Miles Playhouse Garden, an expanded playground, and a sustainable landscape are in the works.
Church in Ocean Park
235 Hill St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
The Church in Ocean Park is a congregation composed of individuals of various faiths who believe in social justice andMore race, sexuality and class equality and celebrate diversity. The congregation is led by Rev. Janet Gollery McKeithen with services taking place every Sunday at 10:15am. The church offers members numerous rituals including baptisms, child naming ceremonies, commitment ceremonies, memorial services and weddings. To learn more, visit the church directly or browse its Web site.
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