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Manhattan Beach Insider: Larsson Street Parquette

Sep 10, 2014 02:47PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The high-profile parks of Manhattan Beach - Polliwog Park, Sand Dune Park - get much-deserved attention from residents and visitors alike. But for a small, quiet place for kids to play, Manhattan Beach residents know that tiny Larsson Street Parquette is the town's best-kept secret.

"Most people don't know about Larsson because it's tiny and hard to find, but once people know where it is, they love bringing their kids here," said one Hill Section resident. "We've held just about every imaginable event here, from playdates to scavenger hunts to neighborhood parties with 20 or more kids."

The park, located in the 200 block of Larsson Street, is just two-tenths of an acre, or about the size of a large home lot. The fully-fenced site includes play equipment, a basketball backboard and rim, and one picnic table that can accommodate about 16 people. In fact, there's only one drawback, which is that there's no bathroom available at the park, so you have to either plan ahead or be prepared to head to a neighbor's house to use the facilities.

Unlike many of the other parks in Manhattan Beach, reservations are not accepted for the park. However, if you are looking to have it mostly to yourself, the quietest times tend to be late afternoon and early evening. Parking is generally available on either Larsson Street or 2nd Street.

Point of curiosity: The park is officially named "Larsson Street Parquette" according to the city, although the sign at the park spells it "Parkette."

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