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PHOTOS: A stroll through Santa Monica's new Tongva Park

Chiara Steinbauer, 3, climbs a circular jungle gym in the new, 6.2-acre Tongva Park opened to the public this week in front of Santa Monica City Hall.
Chiara Steinbauer, 3, climbs a circular jungle gym in the new, 6.2-acre Tongva Park opened to the public this week in front of Santa Monica City Hall.
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Chiara Steinbauer, 3, climbs a circular jungle gym in the new, 6.2-acre Tongva Park opened to the public this week in front of Santa Monica City Hall.
Vivian Schilling and Riley Lippman, both one-year-olds, enjoy a fountain in the playground section of the newly opened Tongva Park in Santa Monica.
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Chiara Steinbauer, 3, climbs a circular jungle gym in the new, 6.2-acre Tongva Park opened to the public this week in front of Santa Monica City Hall.
Park visitors take in the view from one of the lookout points on Observation hill in the newly opened Tongva Park in Santa Monica.
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Chiara Steinbauer, 3, climbs a circular jungle gym in the new, 6.2-acre Tongva Park opened to the public this week in front of Santa Monica City Hall.
Debbie Waltzer and Hannah Bevin of Santa Monica take in the view from one of the lookout points on Observation Hill at the newly opened Tongva Park in Santa Monica.
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Chiara Steinbauer, 3, climbs a circular jungle gym in the new, 6.2-acre Tongva Park opened to the public this week in front of Santa Monica City Hall.
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle created a sculpture of weather vanes for Tongva Park. The sculpture is called Weather Field No. 1.
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Chiara Steinbauer, 3, climbs a circular jungle gym in the new, 6.2-acre Tongva Park opened to the public this week in front of Santa Monica City Hall.
The new, 6.2-acre Tongva Park has a section called Observation Hill where two lookout points provide views down the street to the Pacific Ocean.
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Chiara Steinbauer, 3, climbs a circular jungle gym in the new, 6.2-acre Tongva Park opened to the public this week in front of Santa Monica City Hall.
City workers inspect the fountains in the newly opened Tongva Park as Sam and Fiona Schimmel of Santa Monica walk their daughter during the park's soft open.
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Chiara Steinbauer, 3, climbs a circular jungle gym in the new, 6.2-acre Tongva Park opened to the public this week in front of Santa Monica City Hall.
A man walks from the top of Observation hill in Tongva Park. The new park has an environmental theme with flowing water and endemic flora.
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Walking paths, flowing water, a play area and art sculptures — it's all a part of Santa Monica's latest green space unveiled to the public Friday. 

Located in front of its City Hall, the new 6.2 acre park has an environmental theme with flowing water and endemic flora. There's also a section called Observation Hill where two lookout points provide views down the street to the Pacific Ocean.

This is an impressive transformation considering the space was "basically a parking lot last year," according to Curbed LA

Curbed LA writes

One of the nicest aspects are the seven pedestrian entrances, making it feel like a real urban park rather than many LA green spaces that are surrounded by parking and garage entrances.

The project cost $42 million and was designed by James Corner Field Operations. Currently in its soft opening, the city is celebrating the park's official debut Oct. 19.