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Sand Dune Park Will Re-Open, Use Reservation and Fee System

The Sand Dune in use prior to being shuttered (Photo by jakerome via Flickr)
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The city of Manhattan Beach has agreed to re-open Sand Dune Park following a grassroots campaign launched in protest of its August 2009 sudden closure, abc7 is reporting.

Last night the City Council approved a plan that represents a compromise for all interested parties, which will have visitors to the popular recreation and fitness spot needing to make an online reservation and pay a nominal fee in order to help control its usage. Those who opposed the re-opening of the park often cited the peak's deterioration from over-use as reason to restrict access to visitors.

In addition, officials say they will "tighten up operations and hours at the park." A date for the re-opening has not been set. The fees will likely be set in the $3-$5 range, with kids 12 and under free.