February 17, 2021

New Wheelchair-Friendly Access Mat Installed at Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach, CA — Today, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn joined Manhattan Beach City Councilwoman Hildy Stern and LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors Director Gary Jones to witness the installation of a new access mat on Manhattan Beach.

The mat installed today is made of fine nylon mesh and is designed to provide a more stable surface to people who may need assistance traversing the sand, whether they use a wheelchair or a walker or have other mobility issues. The mat extends 60 feet from the circular end of the existing “Pathway to the Sea” at 42nd street and ends in a “T” shape closer to the water’s edge.

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

“We are thrilled that the County will be installing the mobility mats so that everyone has adequate access to enjoy the beach and ocean in Manhattan Beach,” said Manhattan Beach Councilwoman Hildy Stern. “We are especially grateful to Supervisor Hahn for making this happen and for assuring that all our residents and visitors to Manhattan Beach are able to enjoy our local treasure.”

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 one installed this year, but the sixth overall, including a seasonal mat at Zuma Beach. Beach wheelchairs remain available along the coast.

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