James Corner Field Operations is well known for designing NYC’s High Line – and has fortunately brought that same design aesthetic out west to Santa Monica’s Tongva Park.
It sits directly across the street from Santa Monica City Hall and its Ken Genser Square Fountain…
…and artist Paul Conrad’s sculpture “Chain Reaction”.
The park boasts more than 300 trees and four hilltop areas ranging from Garden Hill with foliage and blooms; Discovery Hill where kids can play on slides and a music wall; Observation Hill that reaches 18 feet and offers views of the Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Ocean; and Gathering Hill, where folks can have an informal picnic and take in an old fig tree.
The park feels much larger than its 6.2-acre size.
Another nest on Observation Hill.
The nests have already become iconic photo spots for the tourists and locals who visit the park.
“Weather Field No. 1” by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: A forest of 49 shimmering stainless steel and magnesium poles topped by spinning wind vanes and anemometers, the installation changes with the light and creates a shifting perspective and sense of movement as you stroll beside it.
Bridging the Gap
The bathroom facilities are straight ahead. Enjoy!