Manhattan Beach's Sand Dune Park reopens -- to those with reservations
Manhattan Beach's Sand Dune Park reopened Monday, one year after it was closed because of concerns about erosion and complaints from residents about noise, litter and traffic.
City officials are determined to prevent overcrowding at the popular workout spot. Now, to climb the 300-foot sand dune, users will need to book a reservation and pay a $3.50 fee. Reservations are for one hour. Only 20 people are allowed on the dune at any time.
A member of Citizens for Outdoor Recreation and Exercise, a group formed to keep the dune open, said the new measures will reduce park usage by 80%. Before it was closed, upwards of 9,000 people were using the park each day.
Reservations can be made on the Sand Dune Park website.
-- Kate Linthicum
Top photo: A group of intrepid hikers makes it to the top of Manhattan Beach's popular Sand Dune Park, which has reopened. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times
Bottom photo: Manhattan Beach resident Don Trucker, 55, works on completing his 10 trips up and down the dunes, with a backpack full of weights. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times