The grand opening of Ocean Park Boulevard’s “Complete Green Street” will be held Saturday, February 9, at 2 p.m. in front of SMASH/John Muir Schools, between Fifth and Sixth Streets on the boulevard.

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

Scheduled to speak are Terry O’Day, Mayor Pro Temp, City of Santa Monica, an Ocean Park Association representative and Cynthia Rose of Santa Monica Spoke.

From its beginning at Nielson Way and the beach east to Lincoln Boulevard, Ocean Park Boulevard has been turned into a “Complete Green Street” –- except for the cars, of course.

Partly funded by Measure V, the “complete green street concept” includes a range of changes that are, in the words of a City press release, “designed to result in a better performing, enhanced streetscape environment that is pedestrian and bicycle-oriented, attractive, green, and provides several environmental benefits, such as capturing and preventing significant volumes of urban run-off from entering the Santa Monica Bay.”

Key project elements include: “wider sidewalks, parkway/storm water biofilter swales and infiltration areas, and a drip irrigation system,
over 100 new trees, new landscaping, and medians, new marked crosswalks with enhanced overhead flashing beacons, more visible, painted bike
lanes and traffic striping, and new bike racks, street furniture, trash
and recycling cans, and 75 pedestrian-scaled light poles, traffic signal improvements, and Los Amigos Park storm drain improvements.

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