Santa Monica Airport2Park Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which was formed to support and promote the creation of a great park on the land that is currently Santa Monica Airport.
The current board members of Airport2Park are as follows: Neil Carrey (President), Michael Brodsky, John Fairweather, Frank Gruber, Cathy Larson, and Mike Salazar.
In July 2015, the City of Santa Monica’s 1984 agreement with the FAA expires. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to re-purpose an enormous and unique land parcel as our largest park.
★ Sports fields for all ages
★ Trails for hiking, jogging, and cycling
★ Playgrounds for children
★ Activities for seniors
★ Artworks and cultural facilities
★ Natural habitat, gardens & quiet places
On April 30, 2013, the Santa Monica City Council directed city staff to investigate reclaiming from the airport the “Quitclaim Parcel,” which includes the western 2,000 feet of the airport’s 5,000-foot runway, after July 1, 2015, which is when the City’s 1984 agreement with the FAA expires. Council members expressed their desire to replace the Quitclaim Parcel with a park. For more details see the video summary on the SMO issue.
Also on July 1, 2015, all leases to aviation tenants terminate, and in a very short time the airport might have a much shorter runway and no aviation services. Then it may be possible to close the entire airport and turn the whole runway and adjacent areas into parkland. When combined with adjacent Clover Park and the existing sports fields and dog-park at the airport, this would create the largest park in Santa Monica if not the entire Westside.
Santa Monica Great Park could be well over twice the size of ALL other Santa Monica parks combined! Nearly 1/3 of the size of New York’s Central Park!
Surveys have shown that the public overwhelmingly favors turning Santa Monica Airport into a park. A park could provide for recreation and sports; trails and facilities for walking, hiking, jogging, and cycling; playgrounds for children; activities for seniors; artworks, gardens, and the re-creating of natural habitat. Airport buildings on Airport Avenue could become arts and cultural facilities. Buildings north of the runway now used for aircraft operations could become space for tech incubators; the rents to the city for these uses can support park operations. A park will also allow for improvement of north-south street connections to improve traffic circulation.
If you would like Airport2Park speakers to talk to your organization or group about the park and how to make it a reality, please e-mail ‘email@example.com’ and we will arrange it.