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

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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. 

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