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Manhattan Beach: Weigh in on Park at El Porto

Aug 13, 2021 08:14AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
What should a proposed new park in El Porto look like? The Manhattan Beach Department of Parks and Recreation wants to hear your thoughts.

As part of the Manhattan Beach Parks Master Plan, the city's Parks and Recreation Commission has identified the area at the base of 45th Street on the east side of the bike path as a potential location for a park. The city is seeking input on what enhancements residents would like to see included in the potential park.

To give residents a chance to weigh in, the city will be holding an (in-person) community meeting on Wednesday, August 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the base of 45th Street at the bike path in El Porto.

The idea of a park in El Porto has been under discussion for several years, given that the residences in El Porto typically lack private yard space due to the small lots. Additionally, the 2016 Los Angeles County Parks Needs Assessment Report identified El Porto as the section of Manhattan Beach most severely lacking in park land per resident. 

The El Porto Family Park would aim to address these issues and provide the families of El Porto with access to playground equipment without needing to drive their children to Sand Dune Park or elsewhere. 

To create the park, the city would acquire the triangular lot east of the bike path from L.A. County. The El Porto Family Park may include playground equipment, benches, picnic tables, and a shade structure. 

Manhattan Beach Parks Master Plan

The Parks Master Plan was designed to address the immediate, short-term, and long-term needs and interests for parks and facilities in the city of Manhattan Beach.

Approved in December 2020, the Parks Master Plan reflected numerous meetings with stakeholders and community outreach efforts. An online survey of residents' opinions was conducted in summer 2019.

The park at El Porto was named as a "quick win" project, defined as a project estimated to cost up to, but not in excess of, $60,000 that would require limited staff resources and could be funded in large part through the city's General Fund. 

Other "quick win" projects named in the master plan include creating more nature trails throughout the city, creating a community garden near Begg Field, and adding new spaces for dog runs. 

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