SANTA MONICA—The city of Santa Monica’s Reed Park Pop Up Grant Program provides residents, businesses, and community organizations the opportunity to engage and connect with one another through new recreational activities. According to a press release from the city of Santa Monica, the new recreational activities include temporary enhancements, events, or opportunities to engage in event programming for the park. 

Improvements were made to the park by launching new programs like Meet Me at Reed, an outdoor cultural and recreational program offering free events for the community. Community members bring community blankets, lawn chairs, and food while enjoying rotating food trucks throughout the seasons offerings. Offered incentives for park activity participation include waiving certain charges for fitness trainers, and the opportunity to receive $500 grants for the people and organizations who can create an uplifting community dynamic and enhance Reed.

Primary objectives of the program include fostering civic pride and identity, offering access to sports, recreation, entertainment, learning, and social connections. It is also Reed Park’s philosophy that public spaces attract  people, build community by  bringing people together, and create local identity.

Applications for 2020 Grants,’ Cycle 1’ open on October 1 and are due by November 1, 2019 for pop-ups between January 2020 and June 2020. Grants will be awarded twice a year. Cycle 2 will launch next spring for events to take place between July 2020 and December 2020.

For questions regarding the application process, contact the Community and Cultural Services Department of Santa Monica at (310) 458-8310 or