Monica State Beach
beach is two miles long, has a picnic area, shops and pier. Visitor
activities include volleyball, basketball and a running strip along
Santa Monica State Beach is a California State Park operated by the
City of Santa Monica.
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Santa Monica Beach
beach is located along Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. The
beach has manned lifeguard stations, casual eateries, equipment rental
spots, public fitness and activity facilities, a bike trail, wooden
pathways for beachgoers with disabilities and warm days.
At the foot of Colorado Avenue, through the world-famous arch and
sign, lies the historic Santa Monica Pier, which dates to 1909. The
Pier has a National Historic Landmark -� the 1922 Looff Hippodrome
Muscle Beach lies immediately south of the volleyball courts and
contains athletic apparatus. Recently restored and refurbished, the
area features chinning bars at various heights, parallel bars, rings,
small jungle gyms for children and a padded-safe gymnastics area.
A few steps south of the Pier volleyball courts is the
International Chess Park. The public chess tables � and a
human-scale chessboard set into the sidewalk - draw a wide
assortment of players.
Palisades Park is located atop Santa Monica's famed sandstone
cliffs and provides an excellent vantage point to see the sweep of
Santa Monica Beach and the Pacific Ocean.
Arlington West is a temporary memorial is created on Santa Monica
Beach just north of the Santa Monica Pier at Santa Monica, every
Sunday from sunrise to sunset. Crosses are placed on the beach for
each U.S. military person who has died in the Iraq War.
The number of
crosses erected every Sunday now exceeds 4,000. For military personnel
killed within the week past, flag draped coffins with blue crosses are
positioned in front. The Arlington West Memorial, a project of
Veterans For Peace, is intended to offer visitors a graceful, visually
and emotionally powerful, place for reflection.