Manhattan Beach Parks

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1905 Beach Cottage at Polliwog Park

 Although Manhattan Beach is less than five square miles, it is home to an exceptional array of parks and recreational facilities.  Home buyers in Manhattan Beach are often struck by how small are the lot sizes , and consequently how small or even non-existent are back yards.  Fortunately there are plenty of parks to choose from. Polliwog Park is the largest of the parks with 18 acres, and a favorite of mine.  When I lived in a nearby neighborhood, I used to jog past the pond to see the ducks every morning.  So many improvements have been built here over the years, that there are now two areas with playground equipment for small children, and plenty of benches and shady areas for adults to relax.  There are also 3 gazebos and a picnic area than can be reserved for special events.
A few years ago, one of the city’s original beach cottages was moved to the park and refurbished.  Today it is the home of the Historical Museum and houses many early photographs of the city collected by the Historical Society.

The Duck Pond at Polliwog Park

The amphitheater is home to the Concert in the Park live music program that runs on Sunday evenings in from late June until the end of the summer.
Surrounding the park are additional recreational facilities.  Adjacent is Begg Pool which is open during the summer for swimmng and classes.  Also adjacent to the park is the Premier Little League Field and the volunteer operated Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden.  Adjacent to Begg Field is the Polliwog Park Dog Run which was opened in 2010.  Across Manhattan Beach Blvd. are the facilities of Manhattan Heights Park which include the Manhattan Heights Community Center complete with an auditorium, catering kitchen and meeting rooms.  There are also two tennis courts, two paddle tennis courts and a basketball court as well as a picnic area and children’s play area.
One of Polliwog Park’s Play Areas

All of the picnic areas of Polliwog Park or Manhattan Heights Park can be reserved for private events including the Community Center.  For more information regarding reservations or tours of the museum, go the the webiste for the City of Manhattan Beach at