Parks and Recreation Commission

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Established by resolution, the Parks & Recreation Commission is responsible for the recreational needs of all citizens, and shall promote supervised public recreation within the City. Consists of seven (7) members: five (5) at large members, one (1) representative from Manhattan Beach Unified School District, and one (1) student representative, who meet on the 4th Monday of every month at 6:00 PM.

Parks and Recreation Commissioners

Seat Member Original Term
Current Term Expires
1. Member At-Large Suzanne Karger 6/1/16



2. M.B. Unified School
District Nominee
Bruce Greenberg
3. Member At-Large Ken Weiner 6/1/17 5/31/20
4. Member At-Large Steven Nicholson 6/1/18 5/31/21
5. Older Adult Laurie McCarthy


6. Member At-Large J.J. Turkmany, Jr. 6/1/16 5/31/19
7. Student Representative Genevieve Jackson
6/1/19 5/31/20


Email All Parks and Recreation Commission Members

  • Meets 4th Monday of each month at 6:00 PM in the City Council Chambers.
  • Staff Liaison: Mark Leyman, Parks and Recreation Director, (310) 802-5403
  • Members serve 3 year terms. They may serve a maximum of two terms (6 years).
  • Seat 7, Mira High School Student, member serves a maximum of one year.

** Members appointed to fill a vacancy with less than 18 months remaining in the term are automatically reappointed to a three-year term without additional Council action.

*** If a vacant seat had 18 months or more remaining in its original term, the member would complete the original term and then be eligible for reappointment to one succeeding three-year term.

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Drip Irrigation Methods

Free Class at the Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden

Join Mike Garcia from Enviroscape at the Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden to learn about the latest drip irrigation systems that can cut water use by 50%.

Mike will go over the latest in both above and below ground systems such as Rain Bird’s “Copper Shield" technology that uses tiny strips of copper to create negative ions that repel roots, thus preventing clogging of drip irrigation emitters. This method is non-chemical, effective and efficient.

Drip irrigation systems are also exempt from the City's one-day per week Stage 3 Drought restrictions.

This free class is located in the Amphitheater in the center of the Botanical Garden, on the west side of Polliwog Park. Free parking is available next to the Botanical Garden on Peck Avenue, or the adjacent lot at the end of Peck Avenue off Manhattan Beach Boulevard.

Please contact Julie to register at (310) 546-1354, and leave a message regarding the class you would like to attend. You can refer to the Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden website to view the schedule of upcoming classes (this is the last class before summer break!).

Rebates to help with converting your traditional landscape into a drought tolerant one are available through the So Cal Water Smart program. Funding is limited, so visit the website to learn more and reserve your rebate today!

More information on the City's Environmental Programs can be found on the Going Green website.

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