Tongva Park in Santa Monica has brought nature, greenery, flowers, shade and water into the center of the city — a sensuous oasis that captures ocean breezes, mists and varied forms of weather. It's added value to the city, with adjacent mixed-use development and many surrounding hotels and buildings upgrading and re-branding.
What was once a large, flat parking lot opposite Santa Monica City Hall is now a garden paradise thriving as an ecologically smart community park, with hills, winding paths and a mix of drought-tolerant and native plants.
The roughly 6-acre oasis, which was one of six finalists for this year's prestigious Urban Land Institute global Award for Urban Open Space, was transformed by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations.
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