MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — A Mobi-Mat was installed on the sands in El Porto, the nothern-most beach in Manhattan Beach, on Wednesday [Feb. 17] morning. Manhattan Beach City Councilwoman Hildy Stern, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn and LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors Director Gary Jones were on hand to witness the installation.
The new mat extends what has become known as the “Pathway to the Sea,” a concrete pathway laid on top of the sand in years past at 42nd Street near the ADA ramp in the El Porto parking lot, by 60 feet from the circular end of the concrete. The mat is made of fine nylon mesh and is designed to provide a more stable surface for people who may need assistance traversing the sand, whether they use a wheelchair or a walker or have other mobility issues. The mat 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 council member 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.