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22nd Street Park: San Pedro's Newest Outdoor Space

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By David Lockeretz of Nobody Hikes in L.A. / Special to LAist

Even in areas that are not often associated with nature and outdoor activity, such as the Port of Los Angeles, there are opportunities to get exercise. Case in point: 22nd St. Park, one of the South Bay’s newest outdoor facilities.

Located on 22nd St. between Harbor and Pacific in San Pedro, this park is a respectable 18 acres in size. A number of different walking trails and a bike path allow several possible routes. Walking around the perimeter of the park is approximately a mile. A staircase leading up to the bike path, and a gentle slope leading down from it, help walkers increase the calories burned. From the top, Mt. Baldy and the Santa Ana Mountains of Orange County are visible on clear days; there are also nice vistas of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. A variety of trees and shrubs help create a natural feel. While the park is obviously urban in nature, the interior paths are pleasantly quiet.

San Pedro has several good places for recreation: 22nd St. Park joins a list that includes the nearby Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Cabrillo Beach, Angel’s Gate Park (with the famous Friendship Bell), Point Fermin Park with its historic lighthouse and more. As a weekend alternative to more crowded and expensive recreational sites or for a quick before/after work stroll, 22nd St. Park is a good place to keep in mind.

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For more information on the park, visit the new park's website.