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 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.