After a Yearlong Closure, Manhattan Beach's Sand Dune Park to Reopen Sunday
Before it was developed into the city it is today, much of Manhattan Beach was made up of sand dunes. Now, one dune spared from apparently being shipped off to Hawaii's Waikiki Beach is left as a park in a residential neighborhood. Last year a group of neighbors complained that the park was hurting the neighborhood and the city council promptly closed it to study the issue and come up with solutions. Nearly a year later, the park opens this Sunday.
But the now-gated dune has some new rules, something supporters are not thrilled with. “Although we are happy that the City Council listened to the majority of Manhattan Beach residents to reopen the Sand Dune to continue a forty-year tradition, these new rules went overboard by effectively reducing usage by over 80%, all but eliminating a family friendly environment, and now transforming the Dune into a gated hill," said Bill Hory, the co-founder of the local Citizens for Outdoor Recreation and Leisure (CORE). "We see an pportunity shortly to eliminate the need to log into a computer and pay money in order to visit a city park."
The park is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., but only those 12 years old and under can enter it whenever they want. People 13 years old and older must get a reservation, which is limited to certain times and not on Sundays. Parents may accompany children 5 and under to a family section of the dune.
"How well dune users follow the rules, respect the neighborhood and obey traffic and parking laws will have a huge impact on the future of the dune," wrote Jake Rome, a supporter of the park, on his blog, which details the history of the park closure, new rules and recommended changes to the rules. "After several months, the city council will revisit Sand Dune Park rules."
Full coverage of the park on LAist can be found here.