Spend Summer in the Park

Patch lists where to find parks in the Beach Cities area—go barefoot or have a barbecue.

Summer has arrived—in celebration of the sunshine, here are four popular parks in the South Bay to barbecue, go for a jog, or just read a book and enjoy the ocean breeze.


Hermosa Beach's South Park

Located, this park includes a small playground, picnic tables and some shade trees. Many Hermosa Beach neighbors walk their dogs in the park.

  • Pro: The large open space at the park serves well for pick-up flag football or sunbathing.
  • Con: Parking in the area is limited.


Manhattan Beach's Sand Dune Park

Sand Dune Park, at 33rd Street and Bell Avenue in Manhattan Beach, is named after its 100-foot-high sand dunes, and includes a nature trail, play area for children and a merry-go-round.

  • Pro: Try running up the sand dunes for a great workout.
  • Con: But you have to make a reservation to use them.


Redondo Beach's Dominguez Park

This offers a small dog park, plenty of trees to read under, picnic tables, Heritage Court and a Little League field.

  • Pro: The dog park is popular, so it's a great place for you and your dog to meet your neighbors and their pets.
  • Con: Because a lot of dogs visit the area, be careful where you step!


Abalone Cove Shoreline Park

Located in serves as a refuge for marine and animal life. There are tidepools, walking trails, picnic tables, two beaches and a bluff with an ocean view.

  • Pro: You can enjoy the natural environment of our South Bay community while walking the trails of this park.
  • Con: Parking costs $5 per car and $15 per bus.
Jake Rome July 07, 2011 at 03:54 AM
Virtually nobody runs up the dune, at best it's a fast walk, for most it might as well be a crawl.


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