SANTA MONICA—On Sunday, November 8, the City of Santa Monica will be hosting the grand opening of the newly renovated Ozone Park Kiwanis Playground and is inviting the community to join in on the celebration.

The dedication celebration, located on 720 Ozone Street just west of Lincoln Boulevard where Santa Monica meets Venice, will be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature a playground dedication at 1 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the City of Santa Monica, the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica, and the Borderline Neighborhood Group.

Canyon News reached out to Melissa Spagnuolo, Senior Administrative Analyst of The City of Santa Monica’s Community and Cultural Services, who stated: “Special guests at the event will include: Santa Monica City Council Member Ted Winterer; Patty Godon-Tann, Chair of the Borderline Neighborhood Group; Phil Brock, Chair of the Recreation & Parks Commission and Vice President of the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica; Jessica Handy, President of the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica; and Jeffrey Segal, Kiwanis  Club of Santa Monica Board Member.”

The picnic style event will provide lunch, games for children, and live musical performances by True Romance Is Love and Tee-M.

The Santa Monica’s Kiwanis Club’s $53,000 donation to the City of Santa Monica was used to purchase new playground equipment for the neighborhood park nestled along the Southern border of Santa Monica.

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica has been around since 1922 and has been an active service organization awarding over $150,000 each year to the Santa Monica community in grants, scholarships and sponsorships.

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica contributes more to the children of Santa Monica than any other service organization, according to the Kiwanis Club website. They have been known as “title sponsors of Bowl-a-Thon to end hunger and homelessness at $4,500 annually and the Boys and Girls Club Youth of the year event at $9,500 annually.” The club has also given annually around $30,000 in scholarships to students at high school and college levels for high performance in academics and arts and over $50,000 annually to local non-profit organizations that support children.

RSVP to the playground dedication is requested to