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Rally to 'Free the Dune!' With Beach Party Sunday

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Manhattan Beach's 40-year-old Sand Dune Park has been behind a chain link fence since August, when city officials closed it down for what was supposed to be about a month of maintenance work. Only the popular fitness and recreation spot hasn't reopened, and many fear it will remain shut down because of a fear of destruction from over-use or "neighborhood problems" like parking.

To demonstrate civic support for the Sand Dune, Citizens for Outdoor Recreation and Exercise (CORE) has organized a rally in the form of a beach party for this Sunday. "We want a large, peaceful, passionate crowd to demonstrate to the city council that many residents want the dune reopened for adults & children for play & exercise," says Jake Rome, one of CORE's founders. The issue is set to be discussed at the April 13 and 20th City Council meetings.

Sand Dune Park has the opportunity to provide area residents with much-needed public outdoor space. "With over 13,000 residents per square mile, the South Bay beach community is the most densely populated area on the entire California coast. This area is also 'park poor' with less then 3 acres of parkland per thousand residents - including the beaches," explains a CORE press release.

Sunday's Beach Party starts at 2 p.m. and takes place at 26th and The Strand. Attendees can enjoy "some light healthy refreshments, some activities, and some classic beach games," and are encouraged "to take pictures and record video to share so everyone can what a large, peaceful rally we will have held."