At its October 18, 2011 meeting, the City Council recognized that, after one year of collecting data, the Sand Dune was operating at less than 45% of capacity and dropping. During this meeting and thanks to all of your emails, additional lunch and Saturday hours, as well as a monthly pass for walk up usage were enacted. Consistent with the last 1.5 years, there have been no serious issues associated with the additional dune hours. At the time, the City Council also indicated that they were in favor of adding morning exercise hours to accommodate working residents and asked the Parks & Recreation Commission to add morning reservation slots and consider Sunday hours as well. Although the Parks & Recreation Commission declined to suggest possible times for either weekday morning or Sunday slots, at this Tuesday’s City Council meeting the addition of weekday morning & sunday slots will be considered. Since the staff report does not suggest possible hours, CORE will present the City Council with recommended hours (see below).
If these options appeal to you, it is important that you attend this Tuesday’s city council meeting, (February 21, 6:30 PM at Manhattan Beach City Hall). Or at the very least email city council with your request (again, always include your Manhattan Beach address) at CityCouncil@citymb.info and you can also cc: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com . The emails were instrumental in the council’s decision to add additional reservation slots.
Since there is still a maximum of only 20 per slot, it is CORE’s position that these new usage opportunities will enable local residents to use the Dune more often without impacting the neighborhood. As you may know, these rules may not be revisited for several years, and this is your best opportunity to make your voice heard on this issue important to our hearts (pun intended). If the weekday morning hour and Sunday hours are added, CORE does not expect to take the lead role in pushing for any additional changes since we would like to put this issue to rest and simply enjoy our park. As usual, we encourage you to send constructive comments and suggestions to city council, CityCouncil@citymb.info .
CORE’s proposed hours.
7:00 – 8:00 (NEW)
8:30-9:30 (Currently 8:00-9:00)
10:00-11:00 (Currently 9:30-10:30)
11:30-12:30 (Currently 11:00-12:00)
1:00-2:00 (Currently 12:30-1:30)
3:00-4:00 (No change)
4:30-5:30 (No change)
6:00-7:00 (No change)
Saturday: (No Change)
8:00 – 9:00
9:30 – 10:30
9:30 – 10:30