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Tongva Park – Santa Monica – Part One


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Before the white man set foot in Los Angeles, the Tongva Indians peacefully inhabited the area for thousands of years. When the Spanish arrived in the 1700s it didn’t take long to wipe out their civilization.


In early September the newest park in Santa Monica, named in honor of the Tongva, opened across from the Santa Monica Pier.



Observation decks looking out on to Ocean Avenue.

So far I have visited twice, once in September just a few days after it opened and again in October.


This post includes some of the photos I took on the first visit with my Canon T3i. My next post will be with the photos I took with my Samsung S4 phone.


The 6.2-acre park cost a mere $42.3 million, coming in $7 million under budget. How often does that happen? This reminds me of when Scotty on the original Star Trek TV show would tell Captain Kirk that something he ordered would take seven days when he knew it would only take five, making himself look good!

Fortunately, this park does look good.

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Children’s playground area

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View looking towards Santa Monica City Hall.

The world needs more parks and I am always happy to see a new one being created instead of another parking lot.


The park contains more than 300 trees, some of which were relocated from other areas, including a Moreton Bay fig tree over 100 years old.




According to the Santa Monica Daily Press, this sculpture is composed of 49 stainless steel poles aligned in a grid, each supporting a weather vane and anemometer, or a device used to measure wind speed. Called “Weather Field No. 1,” it was designed by artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle.

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And it wouldn’t be a park without a water feature. I could stand there for hours just watching the water spurting out.

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There are seven entrances to the park giving it easy access from the street.

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Part Two is posted here.

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

16 thoughts on “Tongva Park – Santa Monica – Part One

  1. Yes, all parks are welcome. And this park is great!


  2. That’s a lovely park! I love the fountains 🙂


  3. This is a remarkable park with beautifil sculpture, Observation decks, water feature, trees… and $7 million under budget! Thank you for the wonderful tour 🙂


  4. This park is just way too cool…great captures!


  5. Wow! My favorite part was the slide that goes down a hill instead of being at the top of a ladder. And then there are several ties for second–the overlook areas, the fountain with steps, the great trees…


  6. Pingback: Tongva Park – Santa Monica – Part Two | One Good Life in Los Angeles

  7. Beautiful place – everything looks so nice under that blue sky!


    • Yes, Meg, a few days ago I had to do a beaches tour in an all-day fog (which is unusual that the sun didn’t come through) and it really made a huge difference… I felt so sorry for the tour-goers!


  8. Making a beautiful open space in the city, wow! how thoughtfully refreshing
    thank you for your great story and photos RMW


  9. Is there anything at the park memorializing the Tongva their history and who they were?


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