Manhattan Beach: New Beach Access Mat to Expand Shoreline Access

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MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — Fans of Manhattan Beach’s “Pathway to the Sea” on 42nd Street will soon be able to get even closer to the water without touching the sand, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice announced today. Hahn [Thursday, Feb. 11]. On Wednesday, February 17, the LA County Beaches and Harbors Department will be rolling out a new access mat to extend the concrete path.

“Our beaches belong to everyone, and we strive to make them accessible to everyone, including people with reduced mobility,” said Supervisor Hahn, who represents Manhattan Beach. “The Mobi-Mat we are installing in Manhattan Beach is designed to make it easier for people in wheelchairs or parents with strollers to cross the sand and enjoy the beach.”

Made from a fine nylon mesh, the access mat is designed to provide a more stable surface for people who may need assistance crossing the sand. When installed, the mat will extend 60 feet from the circular end of the existing trail and end in a “T” shape closer to the water’s edge.

The semi-permanent mats are part of the county’s efforts to ensure everyone can visit LA County’s iconic beaches. The Manhattan Beach mat will be the first installed this year, but the sixth overall, including a seasonal mat at Zuma Beach. Beach wheelchairs remain available along the coast.

Installation will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday, February 17 at the 42nd Street “Pathway to the Sea” under the ADA ramp in the El Porto parking lot. The address is 4119 The Strand. Any raking or grading work will take place before 8 a.m.

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