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Located at 33rd and Bell Avenue
Developed in 1964
Hours Open: Daylight Saving Time - 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
This park acquired its name from the 100-foot high sand dune located there. It is a favorite destination for kids of all ages. Steps and switchbacks lead up into the nature area as a trail that provides different ways to reach the top. The trail winds through plant life and provides an interesting and educational nature walk. The top of the dune provides a panoramic east-facing view of the City.
This three-acre park also includes a fenced small children's play area with swings, merry-go-round and climbing equipment. The park has shaded picnic facilities for about 20 people each, an open pavilion and two picnic tables. Restrooms and drinking fountains are also available.
Dogs are permitted on leash along the designated walking area east of the tot lot and along cement walkways as posted.
Bob Shanman with Wild Birds Unlimited has spotted at least 163 different species of birds in Manhattan Beach's own Sand Dune Park! Find out more on how you can bird watch at Sand Dune Park or visit Wild Birds Unlimited for other great bird sighting locations.
Sand Dune Reservation System
The implementation of the reservation system is expected to help keep the use of the Sand Dune at a sustainable level for the neighborhood and reduce maintenance costs. The next time you visit the Sand Dune, you may also notice some fencing along the north edge that is in place to protect a vegetative colony of a native, but very rare, flower called the Orcutt’s Yellow Pincushion. The Manhattan Beach Sand Dune Park is a treasure for many people and purposes and we hope that you will use and enjoy it respectfully! To make your reservation today, click on the button below. If you need assistance making a Sand Dune reservation, please read the How to Make a Sand Dune Reservation webpage or call the Parks and Recreation Department at (310) 802-5448, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM; Alternate Open Fridays, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Closed Alternate Fridays). Sand Dune reservations cannot be made over the phone or in person, they must be made online.
Reservations are required and must be made ten (10) business days in advance. For reservations, please call Ada Wallace, Facility Reservations (310) 802-5410. Please visit the Indoor and Outdoor Facility Price List webpage for price information.
|Size||2 tables under shelter|
|Maximum Capacity||50 people||Length of Use||Minimum 2 hours
Maximum 4 hours
|Hours Available||Monday through Sunday
8:00 AM to Dusk
|Appropriate for the following types of events: Parties, picnics, outdoor gatherings|
Sand Dune Nature Preserve Wildflowers
Updated on 05/02/2016 11:24 AM
(2016) California native wildflowers are blooming on the Manhattan Beach Sand Dune Nature Preserve despite less than half the normal rainfall this season. To illustrate what a little more rain can accomplish we show a comparison photo of the Sand Dune Nature Preserve in 2009 with a little over 60% of normal rainfall. Presented here are photos of the four predominate California native wildflowers now in bloom on the Sand Dune Nature Preserve. Also blooming, but not pictured, are the invasive non-native Iceplant and Sour Grass. Please enjoy viewing from outside the fence as foot traffic is not permitted within the Preserve. Photography by Dennis White.