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April 18, 2010 | By Jeff Gottlieb
The sand dune is 270 feet long and 115 feet wide at the top, with an average slope of 27.7 degrees. Climbing it is a heart-pounding cardio workout, favored by professional and amateur athletes alike. But the popularity of Manhattan Beach's Sand Dune Park nearly did it in when nearby homeowners complained that fitness buffs were taking their parking spots, crowding their streets and leaving trash throughout the well-kept neighborhood. The dune itself was taking a beating too, as nearly 8,000 people tackled it last July.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2010 | By Jeff Gottlieb
The sand dune is 270 feet long and 115 feet wide at the top, with an average slope of 27.7 degrees. Climbing it is a heart-pounding cardio workout, favored by professional and amateur athletes alike. But the popularity of Manhattan Beach's Sand Dune Park nearly did it in when nearby homeowners complained that fitness buffs were taking their parking spots, crowding their streets and leaving trash throughout the well-kept neighborhood. The dune itself was taking a beating too, as nearly 8,000 people tackled it last July.
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SPORTS
August 8, 2006 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
Viewed from afar, it looks like a tidal wave of sand rising precipitously and ominously over a leafy neighborhood. Up close, its verticality may be even more impressive. The sheer face of golden granules at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach seems to stretch to the sky, an enticing welcome mat for exercise junkies looking to spike their heart rates while churning their screaming legs through the dune's ever-shifting mass. Not surprisingly, a long list of elite athletes shows up.
OPINION
March 19, 2010
It's a sandy slope Re "Dune detente could end," March 12 When I was a kid in the 1960s, I loved to slide on waxed cardboard down the dune in Manhattan Beach's Sand Dune Park. My mom, who also grew up in Manhattan Beach, ran free on the dunes in the '30s. I'm saddened to hear that now the dune may be closed. My grandpa, Ralph Dorsey, Los Angeles' chief traffic engineer, worked tirelessly on the Manhattan Beach City Council and as mayor to expand recreational opportunities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2002 | SANDRA MURILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than 40 years, Sand Dune Park has been a popular, fun-loving neighbor to residents of Manhattan Beach. But lately, it has been entertaining hundreds of loud guests at odd hours and its once amicable neighbors are fuming. Some, like Milton Rugg, who has lived in the city for 46 years, have stopped visiting. "We just don't enjoy going there anymore," Rugg said. "It used to be our little neighborhood park and now all of Southern California is using it." Well, not quite.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2010 | By Amina Khan
The hill at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach is quiet. A shred of yellow caution tape flutters near the top of the dune. Partway down, a sign on a crooked pole directs children to the left, adults to the right. But no one visits the slope any more. The sand dune, which attracted thousands of visitors who ran up and down the soft hillside in pursuit of the ultimate cardio workout, was fenced off in August amid concerns about erosion and years of complaints from residents about noise, litter and traffic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2009 | Ruben Vives and Gerrick D. Kennedy
Sheree Parnell arrived at the Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach, expecting to march up the popular 100-yard dune for what friends had told her was the ultimate cardiovascular workout. Instead, she found the dune closed Friday and bulldozers scooping up mounds of sand. The towering sand dune has been around since 1965, but only in the last few years have people from across Southern California flocked there for the kind of workout you can't get at a gym. Walking or running up the dune amid the shifting sand is a cardio exercise as well as a test of agility.
OPINION
March 19, 2010
It's a sandy slope Re "Dune detente could end," March 12 When I was a kid in the 1960s, I loved to slide on waxed cardboard down the dune in Manhattan Beach's Sand Dune Park. My mom, who also grew up in Manhattan Beach, ran free on the dunes in the '30s. I'm saddened to hear that now the dune may be closed. My grandpa, Ralph Dorsey, Los Angeles' chief traffic engineer, worked tirelessly on the Manhattan Beach City Council and as mayor to expand recreational opportunities.
NEWS
November 26, 1998 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every November, Rick Goldsberry has these dark nightmares about the desert. In one cruel flashback after another, the 42-year-old former emergency medical technician is back at the wheel of his ambulance, careening down Highway 78 with another broken body, the aftermath of yet another accident involving the off-road riders who rumble across the roller-coaster sand dunes in this far-flung southeast corner of California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1988
Construction of restroom facilities for the handicapped at four Manhattan Beach parks is set to start next month. The City Council awarded a contract this week to Hines Construction, which will also upgrade plumbing and install wall and floor tiles at restrooms at Live Oak Park, Sand Dune Park, Polliwog Park and Manhattan Heights Park for a total cost of $79,899. The work is scheduled to be completed by August.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2010 | By Amina Khan
The hill at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach is quiet. A shred of yellow caution tape flutters near the top of the dune. Partway down, a sign on a crooked pole directs children to the left, adults to the right. But no one visits the slope any more. The sand dune, which attracted thousands of visitors who ran up and down the soft hillside in pursuit of the ultimate cardio workout, was fenced off in August amid concerns about erosion and years of complaints from residents about noise, litter and traffic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2009 | Ruben Vives and Gerrick D. Kennedy
Sheree Parnell arrived at the Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach, expecting to march up the popular 100-yard dune for what friends had told her was the ultimate cardiovascular workout. Instead, she found the dune closed Friday and bulldozers scooping up mounds of sand. The towering sand dune has been around since 1965, but only in the last few years have people from across Southern California flocked there for the kind of workout you can't get at a gym. Walking or running up the dune amid the shifting sand is a cardio exercise as well as a test of agility.
SPORTS
August 8, 2006 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
Viewed from afar, it looks like a tidal wave of sand rising precipitously and ominously over a leafy neighborhood. Up close, its verticality may be even more impressive. The sheer face of golden granules at Sand Dune Park in Manhattan Beach seems to stretch to the sky, an enticing welcome mat for exercise junkies looking to spike their heart rates while churning their screaming legs through the dune's ever-shifting mass. Not surprisingly, a long list of elite athletes shows up.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2002 | SANDRA MURILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than 40 years, Sand Dune Park has been a popular, fun-loving neighbor to residents of Manhattan Beach. But lately, it has been entertaining hundreds of loud guests at odd hours and its once amicable neighbors are fuming. Some, like Milton Rugg, who has lived in the city for 46 years, have stopped visiting. "We just don't enjoy going there anymore," Rugg said. "It used to be our little neighborhood park and now all of Southern California is using it." Well, not quite.
NEWS
November 26, 1998 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every November, Rick Goldsberry has these dark nightmares about the desert. In one cruel flashback after another, the 42-year-old former emergency medical technician is back at the wheel of his ambulance, careening down Highway 78 with another broken body, the aftermath of yet another accident involving the off-road riders who rumble across the roller-coaster sand dunes in this far-flung southeast corner of California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1990
The children's holiday playground program of the Manhattan Beach Recreation Department will run from Wednesday to Jan. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each weekday. The programs, designed for children 6 to 12 years old, will be conducted at Live Oak Park, 19th Street and Valley Drive; Sand Dune Park, 33rd Street and Bell Avenue; Manhattan Heights Park, 1600 Manhattan Beach Blvd., and Marine Avenue Park, 1625 Marine Ave. Children 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1998
As part of a pilot program to ensure the safety of people using parks in Manhattan Beach, the city plans to install five emergency call boxes in city parks next month. The City Council has approved a $120,000 plan proposed by the Police Department to install 15 call boxes in the city. The department plans to initially install five call boxes in June for a trial run before adding more.
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