Pocket Parks: Stewart Street Park

Tucked between Olympic Blvd., the 10 Freeway and what appears to be the Santa Monica City work yard, sits the lush green spot that is Stewart Street Park.

I was there on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend and it was pretty empty. Not sure if that was because of the holiday or if because it’s always pretty quiet in this tidy corner of East Santa Monica. With a number of office buildings nearby (The Lantana Building and Tribeca West to name a few) I can imagine this is a nice spot for office dwellers to come to for lunch when they just need some fresh air.

Here’s where to find this green retreat (Click on the image to take you to the google map.):

There is ample parking and very clean, bright, airy bathrooms – two each for ladies and gents.

The sinks are outside and I kinda dig ’em:

There is a basketball court near the front of the park surrounded on three sides by shady trees. No other courts at this park, just the B-ball.

Beyond the basketball court was a baseball field ringed with a fence and this sign. Unfortunately there was no information on when the field would be completed.

Fortunately, just past the jungle gym, there is still plenty of field left unfenced for frisbee, catch or a rockin’ game of Freeze Tag, if you are so inclined.

At the end of this path, at the west end of the park are the swings. I was tempted to stop and enjoy them, but saved it for next time.

From the swingset end, looking back to Stewart Street.

I’m curious how busy this park actually gets on non holiday weekends. It seems a gorgeous spot to relax and unwind after a busy week. I hope it is well used and loved by it’s neighbors!

6 Replies to “Pocket Parks: Stewart Street Park”

  1. Thanks, I like the amenitites :)

    This is a good alternative to Virginia Park since the Farmer’s Market is there on Saturdays.

  2. Back when I was living in Santa Monica, I stumbled across this park once when coming back from Trader Joe’s. I also was surprised at how empty it was – great for a little peaceful retreat.

  3. This park does get used–especially the basketball courts. It’s not usually as crowded as Virginia Avenue Park, Clover Park, or Douglas Park, though. I think a lot of Santa Monicans consider this area to be the “ghetto” of Santa Monica because of the proximity to the freeway and the trailer park that’s next door. When I was looking for a place to buy and I read some of the local real estate blogs regularly, I came across these attitudes. I remember cracking up when somebody–who I’m guessing lived north of Wilshire–said he wouldn’t let his wife or kids walk around Sunset Park after dark. Sunset Park! These look like some mean streets, don’t they?: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=pearl+and+euclid+santa+monica&sll=34.012258,-118.473837&sspn=0.013144,0.027874&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Euclid+St+%26+Pearl+St,+Santa+Monica,+Los+Angeles,+California+90405&ll=34.012356,-118.47476&spn=0.006537,0.013937&z=17&layer=c&cbll=34.012425,-118.47462&panoid=18gwLMd1hivkS9YtWOm_RA&cbp=12,282.86,,0,4.65

  4. Hello there, Will you be making a follow-up write-up? The hubby and me have spent some time looking over your blog and interestingly you discussed a little something i was referring to just the other month with our son’s football coach. We quite often hear ourselves arguing on the littlest of issues, isn’t it foolish?

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