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."