Tongva Park is a 6.2 acre park overlooking the Pacific Ocean and directly across the street from Ken Genser Square and the Santa Monica City Hall.
The park was dedicated on October 13th, 2013. Prior to that time it was a parking lot. The park is named after the indigenous Tongva people who have lived in this region for thousands of years. It’s divided into four sections: Observation Hill, Discovery Hill, Garden Hill and Gathering Hill.
The park includes an amphitheater, pubic artworks, a playground, fountains, picnic areas, gardens and restrooms. It also offers two beautiful vantage points overlooking the Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Ocean from with the steel art sculptures that most people associate the park with. It was also the recipient of one of American Society of Landscape Architects Awards in 2018 recognizing the best landscape architecture.
As for Ken Genser Square, it is the large lawn area in front of the Santa Monica Civic Center. The two areas are used for various events.
For tourists, Tongva Park can provide a beautiful and peaceful spot to step away from the crowds at the nearby Santa Monica Pier, the Original Muscle Beach, the International Chess Park and Palisades Park. Be sure to see our list of all the things there are to do in Santa Monica!
If you are visiting Los Angeles, be sure to take a moment to explore the posts in our LA Tourist Attractions category for information on all the amazing places to visit in Los Angeles.
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