Clover Park – Santa Monica’s Gold Mine of Parks

Clover Park

With over 20 public parks in Santa Monica, local residents and visitors have a lot of activities to choose from.

Is your favorite sport baseball? Do you have small children, or teenagers?

Whatever your game may be, Santa Monica Park and Recreations probably has it.

For Today’s Travelin’ Local morning walk, I strolled over to Clover Park, located at 2600 Ocean Park Drive, and discovered more activities in an hour, than could be probably done in a week.

A few unique items I found at Clover Park was a climbing tower for both kids and adults– complete with ground to top speaking pipes; a small bike path for toddlers, and two great playgrounds–designed for the pre-teen and under set.

Clover Park has a great outdoor fitness trail which includes 15 stations that were built for both endurance, and to keep its participants physically fit and in tip-top shape.

What about baseball and soccer? With two fully lit softball fields and soccer fields, it’s hard not to have a swing at the hardball or a kick at the goalie.

If you play tennis or volleyball, Clover Park has two tennis courts—including lighting for evening play–and a large beach volleyball court, perfectly sized and spaced for those that love sports action.

If you’d like a closer view of Clover Park and its many amenities, just click on the camera icons for an insider’s view:

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With the Luck of the Four Leaf Clover, hopefully we’ll be seeing you at the park soon!

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Sun and Fun at the Santa Monica Pier

Millions of people from all around the world have enjoyed one of California’s most famous landmarks, the Santa Monica Pier.

Although it was slated for demolition in 1973, the community rallied to save it, only to have Mother Nature destroy about ⅓ of its length in 1983 during a huge ocean storm.

And, just like before, the community “rallied around the Santa Monica Pier” to garner and to ensure that it would be a testament to Santa Monica, and it was rejuvenated again–as a result, the Pier was rebuilt, bigger and better than ever before.

With the addition of the Pacific Park in 1996, the Santa Monica Pier, as it now stands today, is host to over 4 million visitors annually. And get ready, on September 9th, 2009, the Pier will be celebrating its 100thAnniversary with its fist large-scale fireworks spectacular in 18 years!

For a free day of fun in the sun, these are some activities that people perennially enjoy while at the Santa Monica Pier–let’s check it out:

As you can see, the Pier is definately a crowd pleaser.

Pacific Park

Rides for the entire family

The Trapeze School of New York

The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

This gentleman’s name is Goldman, for obvious reasons. When I talked to him, he was very excited about his work, and can be found performing on pretty much any day of the week at the Pier.

I was fascinated while watching these fishermen. Each has their own technique, paraphernalia, and style.


And, of course, swimming.

Typically, there’s so much to do and see at the beach. The Santa Monica Pier is definitely a great place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon, or the whole day.

And as I was taking this picture, I was thinking about Lisa in Wisconsin…………..:) It was pretty warm this day–in the mid 80⁰’s. It felt like we skipped right over spring and landed into summer. Indeed I think we have, by gosh!

What are your plans for this Easter weekend? I hope that your weekend is loaded with fun, sun, family, and entertainment, as you’re Travelin’ Local.

Pershing Square is the Place to be

Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, Pershing Square has a long and rich history dating back to 1866.

Its last redesign was in 1994, led by the famed architect Ricardo Legorreta and landscape architect, Laurie Olin. As you can see from the pictures, they did a great job:

Pershing Square is playful and elegant; modern but classical; fun and serious; and it’s practical for the people who work, play, and live in Los Angeles. Pershing Square is able to offer many different things for different people.

With its outdoor concert and event center, Pershing Square hosts an array of free programs for the downtown community. While I was there, people were relaxing, reading, walking their dogs, and just taking in the multitude of sights and sounds of the city.

One of the major annual events Pershing Square hosts is the Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt, featuring arts and crafts, clowns, magic, and storytelling. It’s a must attend program for families. Did I mention it’s free?

Because I went to Pershing Square on Car-Free Friday, I took the Metro, combining of both bus and subway.

In fact, this was my first time taking the Los Angeles subway. It was easy to navigate, clean, and fast. Although the underground rail was an expensive and controversial project throughout the 80’s and 90’s, obviously its promoters and advocates were correct—an investment in mass transit for Los Angeles was extremely important.

I will definitely be riding the Metro more often–it’s economical, I don’t have to worry about parking, it’s green, and if I want, I can bring my bike along with me.

What more could I ask for?

What park do you enjoy spending a relaxing afternoon at? Did you take a local bus or subway to get there?

For many, Travelin’ Local is the only place and way to go.