Manhattan Beach Playgrounds, Fitness Stations Open-Polliwog Sorta

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — Parents, caretakers, and kids got great news the other day when the Manhattan Beach City Council directed city staff to reopen all playgrounds and fitness stations that had been closed due to COVID-19. Recreation and Parks Director Mark Leyman confirmed with Manhattan Beach Patch Thursday that all but Polliwog Park play areas would reopen to the public by end of day Thursday and that his department was working with Public Works to establish cleaning protocols for the equipment and the frequency of those cleanings.

Leyman noted that Polliwog Park is not reopening its playground equipment areas since both upper and lower areas are scheduled for repair work. "Specifically, the surfacing needs to be replaced on the upper playground, and as you may have heard, the lower playground equipment and surfacing is a current capital project which should be completed by summer 2021," he said. He noted that the upper playground surfacing replacement "is also part of the lower playground capital project, however, we are hoping to have this completed in the upcoming months."

The outdoor playgrounds and fitness stations now open are

  • Live Oak Park Tot Lot

  • Live Oak Park north end playground

  • Sand Dune Park

  • Marine Avenue Park

  • Larsson Street Parkette

  • 8th Street Parkette

  • Manhattan Village

  • Manhattan Heights (open for limited hours)

  • Veteran’s Parkway's Mariposa Fitness Station

  • The Strand Fitness Station at 26th Street

  • Polliwog Park upper level swings, and

  • Polliwog Park Fitness Station.

Signs at each playground and fitness stations location will inform the community they need to

  • wear face coverings

  • socially distance at least 6 feet from non-household members

  • wash hands frequently

  • limit equipment to 30 minutes of use

  • stay home if not feeling well, and

  • no food and beverages on the play or fitness equipment.

Each area has also a maximum allowed capacity to ensure social distancing can take place.

This article originally appeared on the Manhattan Beach Patch