Dune reopens at Manhattan Beach's San...

Dune reopens at Manhattan Beach's Sand Dune Park

There are 42 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Aug 2, 2010, titled Dune reopens at Manhattan Beach's Sand Dune Park. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

Dan Trucker, 55, of Manhattan Beach has used the Sand Dune Park hill for exercise since 1977 and was the first to sign up for Monday workout at 8 a.m. He carries 30 pound of wieghts in his backpack and wants to lose the 20 pounds he's gained since the park was closed.

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Residents Only

Sherman Oaks, CA

#1 Aug 2, 2010
This ain't rocket science. We OWN IT.
Local

San Pedro, CA

#2 Aug 2, 2010
Who is we?
Just Wrong

Glendale, CA

#3 Aug 2, 2010
Residents Only wrote:
This ain't rocket science. We OWN IT.
Such a typical Manhattan attitude! Actually the PUBLIC owns it, not the residents of MB. If you feel so strongly about this, why not throw your name out there, stand proudly and let everyone know who you are. Or would you rather just be known as just another stuck up, self entitled MB resident?? Never mind, your message said volumes about who you are and what you're actually like!
old school

Avondale, AZ

#4 Aug 3, 2010
MB residents pay MB taxes. The small park is tucked away in a quiet residential area. It's unlike many open, public parks and that is why it's drawn so much attention. My main concern is not for those who want to run/walk the hill, but rather those who have paid millions to live in the area and pay a tremendous amount of taxes...they deserve to enjoy their neighborhood.
South Bay Local

Mountain Top, PA

#5 Aug 3, 2010
"old school" above makes sense. The count of 9,000 people per month last year was excessive and compromised the local residents. The dune is a natural resource and birth right of ours to protect, not exploit for exercise enthusiasts. It should of been closed and preserved. There are miles of open beach sand to work out on and the ramps off the Esplanade in Redondo Beach are very challenging too. I vote for the residents and there right to a peaceful life over there. Time will tell how the new plan will work out.
Here we go again

United States

#6 Aug 3, 2010
Man, same argument one year later. It is a PUBLIC park. Get over it.
casey clark

Camarillo, CA

#7 Aug 3, 2010
Just Wrong wrote:
<quoted text>
Such a typical Manhattan attitude! Actually the PUBLIC owns it, not the residents of MB. If you feel so strongly about this, why not throw your name out there, stand proudly and let everyone know who you are. Or would you rather just be known as just another stuck up, self entitled MB resident?? Never mind, your message said volumes about who you are and what you're actually like!
Self entitled?? Nobody acts more self entitled than those gangbangers who collect welfare, have new iphones, drive nice cars and pollute the beach area parks because they didnt take care of their own. Maxxine Waters, your postergirl for entitlement is a direc representation of these people.
JackLaLaLane

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#8 Aug 3, 2010
These people exercising do NOT need a sand dune!

THEY NEED TO EAT LESS CARBS! AND DRINK LESS BEER!

I don't care how much you exercise or where you exercise, you are what you eat.

Hey Daily Breeze how about cluing in some of these idiots to eat less and to eat properly.
JackLaLaLane

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

#9 Aug 3, 2010
Here we go again wrote:
Man, same argument one year later. It is a PUBLIC park. Get over it.
LOL! I believe some people honestly do not understand the meaning of "public".

I suggested a year ago making the park PRIVATE. Making neighbors pay a one time "purchase" fee and then they would pay an annual assessment for property tax, maintenance and security. That fell on deaf ears. These dimwits want to control the park as if they own it but want none of the fiscal responsibility. Can they be anymore selfish?
Resource

Norwalk, CA

#10 Aug 3, 2010
Technically, it is more of a man-made resource than a natural one. From what has been previously reported, it was a trash dump that got converted to a recreation area.

Since so many people like this kind of excercise, I sense a business opportunity for someone with some hilly property elsewhere in LA...
just sayin

Universal City, CA

#11 Aug 3, 2010
I can't beleive all these comments and no one has mentioned the $3.50 an hour. So $3.50 to use the dune and $1.50 to feed the meter to use the dune....
whatever

Norwalk, CA

#12 Aug 3, 2010
old school wrote:
MB residents pay MB taxes. The small park is tucked away in a quiet residential area. It's unlike many open, public parks and that is why it's drawn so much attention. My main concern is not for those who want to run/walk the hill, but rather those who have paid millions to live in the area and pay a tremendous amount of taxes...they deserve to enjoy their neighborhood.
I remember this arguement from last year.

The impact on local businesses due to the closing came up.

One person suggested it would harm them.

I had never been to the park so decided to ride my bike on over there to check it out.

There were no local businesses anywhere near the place.
dogluver

Lancaster, CA

#13 Aug 3, 2010
Resource wrote:
Technically, it is more of a man-made resource than a natural one. From what has been previously reported, it was a trash dump that got converted to a recreation area.
Since so many people like this kind of excercise, I sense a business opportunity for someone with some hilly property elsewhere in LA...
As one who grew up right up the street from the 'dune park', this was never a trash heap! We knew it as a giant obsticle on the way to the beach. It was a pristine sand area, and thank goodness it was on the way TO the beach and only a great downhill run on the way home!! Too bad it had to come to this. Open space a premium!
fred

Ventura, CA

#14 Aug 3, 2010
Boy, it's been closed for what, a couple of months, and look what happened to that dude in the picture though.
Michael

Hawthorne, CA

#15 Aug 3, 2010
Love the photos...

Get up that hill you fat [email protected]@rd!!!
enough about the dune

United States

#16 Aug 3, 2010
Could we just get over the Manhattan Beach sand dune thing? I can't believe how much community activism and press has been dedicated to this stupid mound of sand. I think it's ridiculous that in a city the size of Los Angeles, that's the most creative way we can think of to "work out". Let's bulldoze it over and Manhattan Beach can build another 100 ugly McMansions and everyone will be happy.
-WSJ-IS-MY-HERO-

“Beautiful Ugly”

Since: Jul 10

Torrance, CA

#17 Aug 3, 2010
Ah man, this thread is going to get ugly!

Anyone else get a chuckle out of that picture of the first guy?...Give him an "A" for effort, he is trying!

Hope it is water in his backpack and not twinkies!
blows

Los Angeles, CA

#19 Aug 3, 2010
PHEW!!!!

We found a great way to keep minorities out of Manhattan Beach!

The next step is to create a permit system for the beach adjacent to the pier/
I was there recently, and WOW, where did all these minorities come from?
You would think MB police would have pulled them over and cited them, but NO.

Think about all the poor taxpaying homeowners living in their beachfront Mansions. Their view is constantly being ruined by minorities.

A $5.00 reservation fee for a 5'x5' plot of Sand and triple all the rates on parking meters.

As the mayor says, "It's not perfect, but it's a step in the right direction."
Yeah, direct them to Dockweiler!
vance finance

Fontana, CA

#20 Aug 3, 2010
I understand annoyance with disrespectful people leaving trash on residents yards, overcrowding, etc but no one forced the affected residents to live next to a park. People who live on the strand have to deal with beach crowds (and because they paid tens of millions of dollars for their house doesn't mean they should have exclusive rights to the beach, right?) people who live near schools have to deal with screaming kids and traffic, and people that live near parks have to deal with some nuisance. The park is definitely unique and small enough, tucked away so I agree with another poster that you could privatize it but if it remains public, like it probably should, people need to live with it or move and visitors to be more respectful.
BTW, did that guy really need to put weights into the backpack? There should probably be a blood pressure chair like in drugstores next to the attendant checking id's before people start going P90XTREME!!!!!!!
SAG

Bellflower, CA

#21 Aug 3, 2010
My only concern; making sure that those that use the Dunes, respect it and it's neighbors. Those that bought near a park, a beach, or a school did it because they loved the area and it's feeling. And if those that come into that partcular area and abuse it, people have a right to voice their concerns and demand R-E-S-P-E-C-T (summer of 1965)...Aretha said it, we ALL should live by it ;)

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