The last part of Palisades Park

May 20, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Spanning 26 acres and traversing along Ocean Avenue between San Vicente Blvd. and Colorado Ave. in Santa Monica, is Palisades Park.

It’s a favorite tourist location and walking and jogging route. Often times, you’ll find several groups of people doing their own fitness routine, including all the necessary activities that go with the same—stretching, loosening up, and other pre-running rituals.

I’ve been to this park many times, but never ventured to the end where it meets San Vicente Blvd. Boy was I in for a treat.

One of the highlights at its end, which I’ve already featured is its Rose Garden. But if you continue even further, you’ll also see this:

A full scale beautiful view of the Annenberg Community Beach House. Originally developed during the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst, for actress Marion Davies, the once private estate boasted over 100 rooms and a marble swimming pool. Because it was the Hearst and Davies Mansion, entertainment was a popular pastime, so parties featuring such guests as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Samuel Goldwyn, Greta Garbo, and Clark Gable were not uncommon.

In 1946, Davies sold the property, and it was turned into a luxury hotel and limited-membership beach club, the Sand & Sea Club, until, in 1959, it was sold to the State of California, minus the demolished mansion. The Club continued to operate until the City of Santa Monica took over operation of the site in 1989. Then, it was run as a public facility open to event rental and filming until the 1994 Northridge Earthquake severely damaged all the structures.

In 2005, the Annenberg Foundation made a generous financial commitment to realize Santa Monica’s vision and preserve the site for public use. On April 25th, 2009, The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach opened to the public.

Today, with a public swimming pool, splash pad, relaxing boardwalk, gallery, and Beach Café, the Annenberg Community Beach House is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day.

Continuing on our Pacific Palisades Walk:

This is just a taste of the views from the walkway at Pacific Palisades, which from my starting point at the Rose Garden, isn’t too far.

At the end, take a seat:

Now, of course the view here is to die for, but if you take a closer look at each of the benches that line the walk in this area, you’ll see a dedication plaque. On this bench:

To Mom, in loving memory ~ Sharon

Now every sunset is yours

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