Categories
Daily Breeze

Polliwog Park reopens to Manhattan Beach residents; beaches, many parks still shut in L.A. County

Residents made their way into the park with families setting up picnics, tossing a ball or just taking in the warm April weather. Park rangers patrolled the grounds to make sure face masks were worn and social distancing practices were observed.

With many of the county’s parks and beaches still closed down, Manhattan Beach residents were given a chance to stretch their legs and feel the grass between their feet this weekend.

Manhattan Beach’s 18-acre Polliwog Park was reopened by city officials Saturday, April 25, a month after the city closed its parks, beaches and other public spaces to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The City Council voted Wednesday morning, April 22, to reopen the park’s green space while keeping bathrooms, playground equipment and other areas difficult to practice social distancing closed.

No problems with crowding were reported. The dog park, children’s play area, restrooms and parking lot remained closed.

Residents made their way into the park with families setting up picnics, tossing a ball or just taking in the warm April weather. Park rangers patrolled the grounds to make sure face masks were worn and social distancing practices were observed.

Manhattan Beach has 64 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, according to data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

  • Manhattan Beach residents enjoy the sunny, warm weather at Polliwog Park after the city council voted Wednesday, April 22, to reopen the park’s green space. Residents set up picnics, sat in the shade and rode bikes through the 18-acre park while following social distance guidelines Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Hunter Lee, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • Manhattan Beach residents enjoy the sunny, warm weather at Polliwog Park after the city council voted Wednesday, April 22, to reopen the park’s green space. Residents set up picnics, sat in the shade and rode bikes through the 18-acre park while following social distance guidelines Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Hunter Lee, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • Sound
    The gallery will resume inseconds
  • Manhattan Beach residents enjoy the sunny, warm weather at Polliwog Park after the city council voted Wednesday, April 22, to reopen the park’s green space. Residents set up picnics, sat in the shade and rode bikes through the 18-acre park while following social distance guidelines Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Hunter Lee, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • Manhattan Beach residents enjoy the sunny, warm weather at Polliwog Park after the city council voted Wednesday, April 22, to reopen the park’s green space. Residents set up picnics, sat in the shade and rode bikes through the 18-acre park while following social distance guidelines Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Hunter Lee, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • Manhattan Beach residents enjoy the sunny, warm weather at Polliwog Park after the city council voted Wednesday, April 22, to reopen the park’s green space. Residents set up picnics, sat in the shade and rode bikes through the 18-acre park while following social distance guidelines Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Hunter Lee, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • Manhattan Beach residents enjoy the sunny, warm weather at Polliwog Park after the city council voted Wednesday, April 22, to reopen the park’s green space. Residents set up picnics, sat in the shade and rode bikes through the 18-acre park while following social distance guidelines Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Hunter Lee, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • Manhattan Beach residents enjoy the sunny, warm weather at Polliwog Park after the city council voted Wednesday, April 22, to reopen the park’s green space. Residents set up picnics, sat in the shade and rode bikes through the 18-acre park while following social distance guidelines Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Hunter Lee, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • Manhattan Beach residents enjoy the sunny, warm weather at Polliwog Park after the city council voted Wednesday, April 22, to reopen the park’s green space. Residents set up picnics, sat in the shade and rode bikes through the 18-acre park while following social distance guidelines Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Hunter Lee, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • Manhattan Beach residents enjoy the sunny, warm weather at Polliwog Park after the city council voted Wednesday, April 22, to reopen the park’s green space. Residents set up picnics, sat in the shade and rode bikes through the 18-acre park while following social distance guidelines Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Hunter Lee, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

  • Manhattan Beach residents enjoy the sunny, warm weather at Polliwog Park after the city council voted Wednesday, April 22, to reopen the park’s green space. Residents set up picnics, sat in the shade and rode bikes through the 18-acre park while following social distance guidelines Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Hunter Lee, Press-Telegram/SCNG)

of

Expand

Parks in Hermosa and Redondo Beach have remained open, though amenities where it’s nearly impossible to physically distance are closed. Redondo Beach has 95 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and Hermosa Beach has 23 cases as of Thursday.

While the city considered requiring people to wear face coverings anytime they’re outside of home, officials agreed that issuing citations for masks or social distancing violations would be too difficult for city police to enforce.

More than 4,500 people, meanwhile, have signed a petition to “reopen Manhattan Beach’s public spaces.”

Meanwhile, beaches in Orange County reopened to significant crowds over the weekend. Thousands returned to the sand in Newport, Huntington Beach and San Clemente, though in some areas, parking lots and other amenities remained closed.

Beaches remained closed in L.A. County — and residents honored the closures by staying away. Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore displaying images on social media of empty stretches from Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, to Dockweiler, where even putting a toe in the sand is forbidden.

In Ventura County, some beaches, golf courses and parks reopened over the weekend, but authorities warned residents of neighboring areas — including L.A. County — that the attractions were for locals only. Parking lots remained closed, making it tougher for out-of-town visitors swoop in.