Last night, the City Council agreed to continue 40 years of tradition and to re-open the Sand Dune for exercise. Thanks to a majority of Manhattan Beach residents that signed the petition, wrote letters to City Council, and attended last night’s meeting – one of the most treasured recreational destinations for the past two generations will now be there for the next generation, albeit with far less freedom. Unfortunately, a highly restrictive reservation system will effectively reduce individual usage by 70%. Moreover, costs are still being debated which could add an additional burden of up to $1,500 annually for a family of four that would regularly use the Sand Dune.
On the one hand, CORE and its thousands of passionate supporters accomplished what looked to be impossible last year when the Dune was shut down with no end in sight – not only has it will it now be opened, but it has opened without being planted and at least a small minority will be able to exercise once again.
On the other hand, what has been the most successful destination for motivating people to better their health and wellness in the entire South Bay for the past four decades has been effectively reduced to a shadow of it’s former self. However, with your continued support, CORE will continue to advocate for increased usage opportunities as the final details are being evaluated during the next two weeks