Manhattan Beach Community & Destination Guide 2021-22

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ACH LIGHT GATE HIGHLAND AND 15TH, JUST NORTH OF THE MANHATTAN BEACH LIBRARY

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he Light Gate is like nothing I’ve seen before. The 15-ft. tall prismatic glass keyhole reflects the sun’s light, changing hues by the minute and angle. At any given moment, the panes morph and meld brilliant fuschias, lime greens, and royal purples, making for a supernaturally lit selfie. The piece was commissioned by the city to celebrate our centennial in 2012. Artists Mags Harries and Lajos Héder were chosen from a pool of 160 possible artists. Their colorfully reflective, massive piece of glass art adorns the courtyard of our stunningly chic, massive glass Los Angeles County Library (which is also worth a pop-in if you have the time). Twice a year, on January 27th and November 14th, the sun sets directly centered in the keyhole. What happens when the sun unlocks the key to Manhattan Beach? It’s a local secret; you’ll just have to find out yourself.

POLLIWOG PARK 1601 MANHATTAN BEACH BLVD

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ust two miles east of the sprawling sandy beaches of Manhattan lies a wholly different type of natural beauty: Polliwog Park, the biggest park in Manhattan Beach and a hub of suburban activity. Polliwog boasts multiple large-scale playgrounds that even adults can get excited about. I’ll vouch for that; I spent an hour in a wooden sandbox boat with my nephew. Complete with a dog park, public barbecues and gazebos, and creative stationary exercise equipment, Polliwog has something for every age. In the summers, they host movie nights and the famous Concerts in the Park series that features the best local summer music shows in Southern California. Begg Pool is open for business, even during the pandemic with a reservation, as well as the Premiere Field batting cages and other public fields for recreational use. Check www.citymb.info/visitors/parks-and-facilities for real-time information on available amenities.

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