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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



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 Matthew Cullen 6/2/20 5/31/21


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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Garden CPR

Free Class at the Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden

Is your garden choking….missing nutrients? Learn the basics of garden water Conservation, Permeablity, and Retention (CPR) from Cheryll Lynn, Ocean Friendly Garden Chair of the Surfrider Foundation-South Bay.  Three easy steps that will save you money, enrich the soil without chemicals, and create more native habitats – thus a fabulous garden!

Location: Amphitheatre in the center of the Garden. MBBG is on the west side of Polliwog Park.

Free Parking: Next to MBBG on Peck Avenue, or the adjacent lot at the north end of Peck Ave.

Prior Registration: Please let us know you’re coming, to assure we have enough handouts (or in case of class cancellation). Leave the name of class, your contact info, and number of people. (No confirmation callbacks unless requested.)

Contact:  Leave message with Julie at (310) 546-1354

You can refer to the Manhattan Beach Botanical Garden website to view the schedule of upcoming classes.

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

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