Proposal for Modifications of Sand Dune Rules

Fellow Manhattan Beach resident & sand dune fans,

This Tuesday, October 18, the dune at Sand Dune Park will once again be on the City Council agenda. City statistics show that in the last 12 months, dune usage has fallen 80-90% and the dune has been replenished only once, which is less than half of the usage anticipated by the city. The number one reason for this are the restrictive hours that make it very difficult for working adults to exercise on the dune. The city has proposed only the minor change of adding one more reservations slot during mid-day to accommodate people on their lunch break. While we support that measure, it still does nothing to help the thousand of Manhattan Beach adults that commute to work each day. The dune is not open until 8 AM and closes at 7 PM in the summer, and 4 PM in the winter. Closing so early in the winter is unfortunate, as winter nights are perfect for exercising in Manhattan Beach. CORE’s proposal to modestly extend hours is included below.

In addition, city staff proposes spending $50,000 or more to build a permanent fence around the dune. Finally, statistics show that only 15% of dune reservations are made by city residents; CORE believes this is because spontaneous usage has been eliminated, which is how most Manhattan Beach residents enjoy the dune.

CORE Proposal

SCHEDULE
Monday-Friday , year round
7:30 – 8:30 AM
9:00 – 10:00 AM
10:30-11:30 AM
12:30 – 1:30 PM
2:00 – 3:00 PM
3:30 – 4:30 PM
5:00 – 6:00 PM
6:30 – 7:30 PM

Saturday & Sunday, year round
8:00 – 9:00 AM
9:30 – 10:30 AM
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
12:30 – 1:30 PM
2:00 – 3:00 PM
3:30 – 4:30 PM

WALK-UP RESERVATIONS
Allow walk-up use during regularly scheduled times if fewer than 15 reservations have been made.

FENCE
Defer building a permanent fence, and instead use the money to support important Parks programs such as the fixing of the Begg Pool.

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We hope you can support the CORE proposal, which modestly extends the hours to accommodate working adults, spend scarce city dollars on more beneficial projects and allow walk-up reservations on a trial basis. Please also email the City Council here.  We encourage you to write your own message, or simply cut and paste the following language into an email and send it to the City Council ( CityCouncil@citymb.info ) and please cc bill@core4you.org & jake@core4you.org:

Honorable Mayor and City Council Members,

I understand that you are reviewing the management of Sand Dune Park at your Tuesday, October 18 meeting. I am writing to strongly urge you to support the CORE proposal for Sand Dune Park.

The plan addresses the major issue with the current rules at Sand Dune Park, specifically the near inability of working adults to regularly exercise on the dune or spontaneously enjoy this crown in the city’s park system. Since the dune has been used less than half as often as targeted by the city, there is ample capacity to allow more time slots. By modestly extending dune hours just 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening and  allowing spontaneous midday use, this will make it much easier for working residents to enjoy the park. Allowing children & adults to play & exercise on the dune during winter evenings would be a welcome benefit as well. Adding weekend slots is another way to improve access for residents.

I am pleased that the City is once again working to manage the dune for the benefit of all city residents. I hope the City Council can develop a solution that allows more city residents such as myself to enjoy this city park

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]

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