Pacific Park Valentine’s Day Contest & Pacific Wheel Lighting Display!


We at Pacific Park could not be more thankful to have reached 14,000 LIKES as of today! In honor of this happening the week of the 14th (Valentine’s Day)…it is time for a contest! Tell us how you would spend your Valentine’s Day at Pacific Park with your loved one! Our two favorite comments will receive Two Unlimited Ride Wristbands to Pacific Park! Contest starts now and ends Valentine’s Day! To enter, visit and leave your comment on our contest photo!

Did we mention our that on Valentine’s Day, we will also showcase the Pacific Wheel’s 160,000 LED, high-tech lighting capabilities with a custom display of Valentine’s Day colors and patterns to celebrate the romance-filled holiday. Couples will rise 130 feet above the Pacific Ocean to enjoy romantic views of the Santa Monica coastline, Catalina Island, Malibu and Palos Verdes Peninsula.

We hope you all have a LOVELY week!



We are having a tough time trying to decide. What are your TWO favorite responses?


Dre N D Bond: For a healthy day with my daughter who has been diagnosed w a life threatening disease and how much we can learn from an 10 yr old who inspires us all.

Miranda Hatch: I am thankful for our freedom and country that my hubby and all Military that helps protect by serving in the Military. Remember those who are not with their families on Thanksgiving. Thankfully my hubby is with us this year!

Pamela Brennan: I am thankful I have been single for ten years and was able to buy my first house on my own!

Teresa Camarillo: I am thankful that for at least this Thanksgiving my family is still whole. As my daughter nearly lost her battle to cystic fibrosis back in September, she fought her way back to us. I just hope I’ll be thankful for the same thing next Thanksgiving.

Sy John Ochoa: I’m thankful for my family

Gabriela Ramirez: I am thankful for my family and our health, for my job, and for the great foundation my own parents gave me that now allows me to raise my own kids

Alicia Ellis: Thankful for my family, and the peace that God is restoring between us.

Carla Lara: I am thankful for having my family. My parents, children, siblings, and husband are alive and healthy.

Martinez Almart: I am thankful to God for the best job ever and many blessings. Thank you Pacific Park :)

Rita Hudson: I’m thankful for now. I’ve seen so many people I love pass away, so laughing and enjoying the moments in this world make life worth it. Peace

Caridad Rivas: I’m thankful for my 3 kids and husband. We have gone through hard times for a couple years and no matter how stressful our life got, we worked it through it together. They bring me so much happiness and positive energy. I can accomplish anything with their love.

Nina Ries: I’m thankful for my precious little girl, who we were able to conceive through IVF after so many years of trying – and who wouldn’t still be with us were it not for some astute doctors who were able to diagnose a life threatening heart condition and perform corrective surgery within a couple of days. For that reason, I’m also thankful for doctors, hospitals, and medical research.

Eden Folwell: It’s so easy to say I’m thankful for good friends, smart sweet kids, and my adoring rescue pet Chihuahua. I’m thankful for my marriage of almost 20 years. All of those things are true, but when it comes down to it… I’ve seen a lot of suffering lately in my own family and in the families around me that makes me overwhelmingly thankful for only one thing… Health. So that’s what I wish for everyone this holiday, because when you have your health the rest of it is just sprinkled on top.

Pamela Brennan: I am thankful for the kind people in my life. I am thankful for living as long as I have I pray for many many more years on this blessed earth!

Kerry Newsome: I am thankful most for my son, he was the greatest blessing beyond any of my wildest dreams. We struggle but our love of life and this beautiful city we call home make every day joyful and one we give thanks for.

Patsy Jimenez: I’m most thankful for my daughter health. God has blessed her with great doctor’s and she has survived to major surgeries.

Tess Zufolo: I am thankful for the support I’ve received after starting my own home business! :) I am thankful for my friends & fam who have worked to help me achieve my goals!! I am so blessed to have hope & trust, & would love to get the opportunity to bless the ones who bless me all year long!

Ashley Hernandez: A place to call home that I share with the person I❤ve Eddie Hernandez III

Mónica Aguilar: I am thankful for all my blessings, but most of all my 6 year old twins– born at 28 weeks and pulling through 2.5 months in the NICU…I am thankful for being able to experience and appreciate them now more than ever as a newly single mom.

Gloria Honey Pena: Most thankful for the turkeys and Christmas decorations that my kids make n bring home from able to publicly celebrate the holidays

Celeste Acosta: I’m thankful for the shelter LAFH that took me and my boys in when we were homeless and have giving us a roof, beds and food but mostly allowed us to stay together as a family

Christina Williams: I’m Thankful I live two hours away from Santa Monica…..any further, I’d have to move!!! #santamonica#pier#beach



Pacific Park GiftingThe countdown to the Holidays has begun, which means crowded malls, limited parking, and worst of all, the longest checkout lines you will ever see.  As you create your shopping list for all your loved ones, you close your eyes and imagine “the perfect gift.” And as most writers experience writer’s block, you are overwhelmed with the perfect gift block. Sally has always wanted a pony, but they are hard to wrap, put under a tree and where would you keep it. Timmy wants a BB Gun, but as we all know from “A Christmas Story,” he could shoot his eye out. You have eight nieces and nephews to shop for and you always fear buying the duplicate gift!

So why not take the stress out of Holiday shopping this year and defeat that perfect gift block by purchasing Inkie’s Annual Pass to Pacific Park, the gift that keeps on giving 365 days of the year! This pass includes: Unlimited ride wristband for personal use any day of the year, 20% off any food purchase throughout the year and 20% off any purchase on Merchandise! You could also purchase the individual Unlimited Ride Wristband and create the perfect Family Day Out for everyone to enjoy together!

So what are you waiting for? Hop online now, avoid the lines, the chaos and wrapping!

To purchase Inkie’s Annual Pass, visit:

To purchase the One Day Unlimited Ride Wristband, visit:


PALloween Carnival Returns This Thursday For A Frightfully Good Time!

Halloween is upon us once again…oh how the year has flown by! And Halloween in Santa Monica just WOULDN’T be complete without the Annual PALloween Carnival at Barker Hangar, the Westside’s premiere Halloween event for families on Halloween night! PALloween features fantasy-come-true surroundings, costume contests, trick-or treat lane, haunted house, tot area, and game booths. Join us this Thursday, October 31st, 2013 from 5:00pm-9:00pm for all of the festivities!



Our Community Starts Here

Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL)Santa Monica PAL firmly believes that all youth are assets in our community. PAL’s programs and activities are used a vehicle to help youth develop skills that build self-esteem and encourage them to reach their full potential.

Santa Monica PAL is a public-private partnership operated by the City of Santa Monica. PAL is a 501(c)3 corporation with a non-profit Board of Directors. PAL is an after school program that provides educational, cultural, fitness and recreational programs for youth ages 6 – 17 years. PAL is a unique community organization that fosters trust between youth and the men and women of the Santa Monica Police Department.

Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL)The PAL Youth Center has an abundance of enrichment and recreational classes such as homework assistance, computers, reading, college preparation, biking, culinary arts, creative dramatics, arts & crafts, dance, and basketball.

The PAL Fitness Gym also has an array of fitness classes including karate, boxing, weight training, dancing, and open gym workouts. Excursions and special events are also included in the myriad of PAL activities at both sites.

Staff for the PAL program come from the Community and Cultural Services and Santa Monica Police Departments. Coaches and instructors for programming come from community members who volunteer their time. The PAL Youth Center located at 1401 Olympic Blvd., is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon – 10:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 noon – 6:00 p.m. The PAL Fitness Gym is located at 2200 Virginia Ave., is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon-8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Second Annual Fall Foto Fiesta Contest STARTS NOW!

A new Season means a new Photo Contest! Submit your best picture of Pacific Park for your chance to win a Family Four Pack of Unlimited Ride Wristbands to Pacific Park. All photos will be judged by a panel. Contest starts now and ends October 27th! Winner will be announced on Halloween! Submit your photo by tweeting it to us @PacPark, tagging us on Instagram @PacPark or simply by posting it to our Facebook page at!



Fall Foto Fiesta


Just two weeks ago, Pacific Park was proud to participate in Glow, the all-night cultural experience that featured original commissions by artists that re-imagined Santa Monica Beach as a playground for thoughtful and participatory artworks. NOW, the photos are coming in, and they are STUNNING.

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photo 3 (2)GLOW Returns to Santa Monica this Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 7PM-3AM after a three year hiatus! It will be a night where Santa Monica Beach, the Santa Monica Pier and Pacific Park will be transformed into an all night cultural experience with art installations, music and all around good vibes!

Pacific Park is PROUD to be a part of this incredible evening of art, and honored that world renowned artist, Victoria Vesna, has created the OMG project for Pacific Wheel:

“OMG is a public art project conceptualized for the Pacific Wheel premiering at Glow 2013 in Santa Monica — dusk to dawn on September 28th. Victoria Vesna is commissioned as one of 3 lead artists for this year’s Glow event in Santa Monica that will take place on September 28th. She is a world renowned artist known for her collaboration with scientists and work with media for many years with a focus on interactive artworks that immerse the audience and put them in the center of the work. Together with her team she is developing the the Octopus Mandala Glow project for the famous Pacific Wheel — the only solar wheel in the world!”

Vesna has created 8 LED “Crowns” (to wear on your head) that turn colors and will be placed in eight Pacific Wheel gondolas. Guests will be able to ride with the crown and wear it if they want as part of the art exhibit. Vesna and her team have also created a light program for Pacific Wheel, and music to go with it all. One of these crowns has also been taken around the world on different Ferris Wheels.

Check out the incredible video by Vesna, where she explains the project in detail and builds a tremendous amount of excitement for the event!

We hope to see you tomorrow night! For more information about GLOW, visit:

For more information about Victoria Vesna, visit: