I had written long ago about one of the unique places to exercise in Manhattan Beach....sand dune park. As much of the sand section in Manhattan and Hermosa is actually built upon a sand dune, it seems that one of the few untouched areas became a great place to exercise (and socialize as it turns out). The park sits on the east side of the hill (dune) that separates the sand section from the tree section. It's popularity was part of what made it fun, but as it sits in the middle of a neighborhood, it also had consequences. The park was closed for a time while the tried to come up with a solution that would allow people to use the park but not quite so many at a time as they were using it at all hours and basically irritating the local homeowners and parking was always a challenge. The cities solution was to charge a minimal fee and require reservations. Yes...you read that right....reservations to run up and down a sand dune. For those of you who don't have much time this place is great. 15 minutes of walking or running up a very steep hill made of very deep sand will do it for just about anyone.
Reservations can be made on the Manhattan Beach city website at https://activenet011.active.com/citymb/servlet/registrationMain.sdi?source=reserveOptions.sdi&pubnav_index=3