Sand Dune Park (part 2 in the series on MB parks)

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My favorite small park is Sand Dune Park at 33rd St. and Bell Avenue.  It is best know for the large hill of sand that presents a challenging workout for anyone who tries to climb it.  It was built in 1964 by the neighbors, and that that the reservation system is in place, it is today a quiet but well-used neighborhood park.

At the bottom of the dune is a tot lot, and extending south is a field where children play or practice their soccer skills with the help of their parents.  Next to the dune is a staircase with over one hundred steps.  Walking up that is a workout itself, but the reward it the panoramic view of the Tree Section and beyond when you reach the top.

My favorite walk, however, is the combination of trails and stair that zig sag through the green canopy.  It is a good place to watch for birds and enjoy nature.  When you reach the top of the park, it is a short walk down to the beach.  During the summer months children and adults carrying beach chairs and towels walk down 31st St. or 33rd St. and through the park on their way to the beach avoiding the busy traffic streets.  For me the walk through the park is its own reward.

What is your favorite park in Manhattan Beach, and what do you like about it?  Are the recreational facilities most important to you, or is it your favorite because it is close to your home.  Do you have a favorite neighborhood where you would like to live that is near a park?