Several Santa Monica City departments, programs, and services will soon reopen.
Although City Hall will remain closed, parks, libraries, farmer's markets, and more are all bracing for reopenings.
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RecreationThe Cove Skate Park at Memorial Park is expected to reopen on Tuesday, Aug. 4, for Monday through Saturday operations. Safe reopening plans for the Santa Monica Swim Center are also in progress as an opening is currently planned for the week of Aug. 10. The swim center will operate Tuesday through Saturday by appointment only.Beach parking lots are open and so is the Santa Monica Pier for physically distanced strolling. Tennis courts at Ocean View, Reed Park, Memorial Park, Clover Park, Douglas Park, Los Amigos Park, Marine Park are open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and no reservations will be taken for the courts. The East Court At Colorado Center Park can be booked though by visiting Bookmycourt.com.Learning and EnrichmentThe Santa Monica Public Library has already resumed services through contactless pickup service at the Main branch, and curbside pickup will begin at the Pico branch on Wednesday, Aug. 5.Fall direct services programs at CREST, PAL and Virginia Avenue Park are in the planning stage, and city officials expect more information to be available for residents in the next two weeks.Housing and FoodThe City’s Below Market Housing waitlist is still open, and opportunities are available, particularly for households earning moderate income, seniors, and individuals living with a disability. Visit santamonica.gov/housing-apply.The Downtown Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and the Pico market is slated for reopening sometime in August, according to Farrell. School-aged children can receive free summer lunches at Virginia Avenue Park through Aug.14 between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.The COVID-19 Emergency Pantry at Virginia Avenue Park in partnership with the Westside Food Pantry offers pre-assembled food bags to low-income Santa Monica residents and/or families with children enrolled in SMMUSD schools as well. Residents only need to schedule an appointment by calling 424-410-1354 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.