Palos Verdes’ Point Fermin Park

Palos Verdes’ Point Fermin Park

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Palos Verdes Peninsula’s Point Fermin Park is a beautiful park sitting along the edge of the palisade and consists of 37 acres of landscaped lawns, pergolas, and colorful gardens. When at the top point of the park, you will get breaktaking views of the coast of the Santa Catalina Island, and enjoy watching seals, dolphins and an occasional whale pass by. This is a great location where you can enjoy the picnic areas, barbecue pits, children’s playground and small amphitheater which is the home to “Shakespeare in the Park” and numerous music venues.

The park was given it’s name by the British explorer George Vancouver who had visited the property in 1793 and wanted to thank Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen for his hospitality at the mission in Carmel.

This is one of the few places along the coast where Monarch butterflies spend their winters.You can walk through the gardens and enjoy numerous plants and trees which make this a leisurely stroll worth visiting.

The park is located at 807 Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, Ca. 90731, and is open daily. For more information about the park call (310) 548-7705.

Photo courtesy of the City of Los Angeles Parks & Recreation.

Palos Verdes Tennis Club

Palos Verdes Tennis Club

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The idea of having a tennis club in Palos Verdes was conceived in the late 1950′s when residents were interested in playing tennis and had no public courts. So in 1959, a small group of players started a phone campaign to get people to attend a meeting at Malaga School to discuss the possiblility of a tennis facility. In 1961 an agreement was formed between the City of Palos Verdes Estates and the Palos Verdes Tennis Club to build the courts with 150 prospective members contributing $350.each. Since there was difficulty in raising the funds, memberships were sold at that time to non-PVE residents.

In 1963 five courts and a small pro shop were opened. Three additional courts were built in 1965, and courts 9 & 10 were added in 1971. The last 2 courts were added in 1978. There are currently 12 courts with 10 being lighted.

Currently, there are 400 Palos Verdes Tennis Club members. The club celebrated it’s 50 anniversay in 2013. The tennis club is allowed to use the spacious main clubhouse with men’s and women’s locker rooms.

Palos Verdes Tennis Club is located at 3303 Via Campesina, Palos Verdes Estates, Ca. 90274. For more information about the Palos Verdes Tennis Club call (310) 373-6326 or for more information click here.

Photo courtesy of the Palos Verdes Tennis Club

 

Palos Verdes Parks Located in Rolling Hills Estates

Palos Verdes Parks Located in Rolling Hills Estates

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Palos Verdes now has 9 parks that are located within Rolling Hills Estates city limits. They are Chandler Park, Chandler Preserve, Dapplegray Park, Ernie Howlett Park, Highridge Park, Pepper Wood Park, Silver Spur Park, Rockbluff Park & George F Canyon Nature Center.

George F Canyon Nature Center & Stein/Hale Nature Trail are located at the corner of Palos Verdes Drive North and Palos Verdes Drive East. The center is jointly owned by the City of Rolling Hills Estates and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. The Nature Center provides the community with wonderful educational and recreational programs for all age groups. They also offer walking tours for school children, scout troops and other organizations. Within the last few years the center has opened itself up to a special Birthday Party Safari which is a great way to encourage children to learn more about the area that they live in.

The Center is open to the public on Fridays 1-4 p.m., and Saturdays & Sundays 10-4 p.m.

The 36 acre preserve has some of the most pristine and beautiful canyons on the peninsula, and the trail is one mile long with interpretive signs, guideposts, benches, viewing decks and a drinking fountain. The entrance to the trails has an Information Kiosk that visitors can use to keep up with activities. You are allowed to walk or ride on horseback through the willow riparian and coastal sage habitats.

The trail is open everyday from dawn until dusk. The Nature Center is located at 27305 Palos Verdes Drive East, Rolling Hills Estates, Ca. 90274.For further information call the Nature Center directly at (310)-547-0862.

Photo courtesy of the George F Canyon Nature Center.

 

 

Aboutpv – Palos Verdes Surf Spots

Aboutpv – Palos Verdes Surf Spots

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Palos Verdes has a very unique coastline which makes for some of the best surfing spots in the area. Some of the local surf spots in the area are: Avalanche, Indicator, Charlie’s, Cove, Dominator, Indicator, Boneyard, Exile’s, Haggarty’s, Lower’s, Middle’s, Pinnacle, Rat Beach, Rat Point, Pipe’s and many more.

Ski Jump and Boneyard are located at Bluff Cove which is said to be the first regularly surfed area followed by Haggarty’s and Lunada Bay. 

Surfing is big in Palos Verdes; with both our high schools having surf teams and several world class surfers have came from this area. Besides surfing in these coves, you will also find great areas with tide pools which can be accessed through these trails.

The area also is known for it’s clean waters.  Heal the Bay charts have come out every year for the past three years with A+ to A- clean water levels.  These are some of the highest and most consistent water level grades in the area.