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Parks on the Palos Verdes Peninsula
Rancho Palos Verdes City Parks

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park:

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park features two beaches (Abalone Cove and Sacred Cove), tidepools, bluff top viewing areas and trails crisscrossing the area. The park contains a State Ecological Preserve and taking of protected animals and marine life is prohibited. There is direct access to a parking lot off Palos Verdes Drive South. Access to Abalone Cove Beach is by a long trail from the parking lot. To access Sacred Cove, users must walk along Palos Verdes Drive South to one of two trails between Portuguese and Inspiration Points. Lifeguards are on duty at Abalone Cove Beach during summer hours and weekends only. The views of the ocean and Catalina Island are spectacular. Barbecues, fires, and dogs are prohibited at this site.

5970 Palos Verdes Drive South Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Phone number: (310) 377-1222

Parking lot fees:

$5 per car, $15 per bus, No charge for seniors Labor Day through Memorial Day

Park hours:

Open: Mon. - Fri. 12:00 noon - 4:00p.m. , Sat. & Sun. 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.Memorial Day-Labor Day 9 am-4pm

Closed January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25

Clovercliff Park:

This peaceful .17 acre vest pocket park has a path, is landscaped, and seating is available on the large rocks. There is a distant ocean view. Dogs must be on a leash.

28801 Golden Meadow Drive Rancho Palos Verdes 90275 

Phone number: (310) 377-1222

Park Hours: Open from Dawn until Dusk

Del Cerro Park:

There are panoramic views of canyons, agriculture, coastal headlands, ocean and offshore islands from this site, and a flat grassy play area. It is landscaped and has a safety fence just below the bluff to restrict access to the canyon below without blocking the views. There is a parking lot, but no restrooms. Dogs must be on a leash.

#2 Park Place, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

Park Hours: Open from Dawn until Dusk

Eastview Park:

Improvements on this 9.9 acre site include a children’s playground, picnic facilities, jogging path, permanent restroom, landscaping, and an off-street parking lot. Dogs must be on a leash.

1700 Westmont Avenue, San Pedro

Park Hours:Daily Dawn – Dusk

Frank A. Vanderlip Sr. Park:

Improvements on this quiet little .48 acre site include benches, a safety fence at the cliff edge, and landscaping. Unobstructed views of the ocean, headlands and islands are the main attraction at this park. As at all City parks, dogs must be on a leash.

6500 Seacove, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

Park Hours:Daily Dawn – Dusk

Fred Hesse Jr. Community Park:

This park, with its well-manicured parkland and active community center, is one of the most popular in the City. Among the features available for public enjoyment in the upper park area are baseball and soccer fields, numerous picnic areas with barbecues, playground equipment suitable for toddlers to adolescents, and a well-used ¼ mile walking path. Most of the privatized recreation classes are offered at this facility and many Peninsula Senior activities are held here. Additionally three rooms in the community center are available for rental for meetings and private parties. The newly developed lower park site offers a sand volleyball court, picnic areas (no barbecues permitted), leisurely walking paths, and comfortable locations for enjoying panoramic views of Catalina Island north to Malibu. As at all parks, dogs must be on a leash.

29301 Hawthorne Boulevard , Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

Phone number: (310) 541-8114

Park hours:

Open: Mon. - Fri. 9:00a.m. – dusk, Sat. & Sun. 10:00a.m. - dusk

Closed: January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25

Founders Park:

Founders Park was formally accepted by the City on January 17, 2006 and named in honor of the City’s founders who led the effort to incorporate the City of Rancho Palos Verdes more than 30 years ago. This 5.5-acre parcel is located adjacent to the Trump National Clubhouse and offers patrons an attractive sight with breath-taking ocean views, picnic tables, a gazebo, nearby restrooms, coastal access and adjacent walking and biking trails. Dogs must be on a leash.

One Ocean Trails Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Park hours: Daily, Dawn – Dusk

Park Rentals:Here’s a scenic location for your wedding or other ceremony. With its spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island, lush landscape, and location adjacent to the Trump National Golf Course Clubhouse, this tranquil 5.5-acre park is an attractive site for wedding ceremonies and other events. In order to allow park visitors the chance to fully enjoy this wonderful park on a drop-in basis, ceremonies are generally limited to one three-hour event per day between the hours of 9 AM - 3 PM. A large grassy area punctuated by a custom-built gazebo provides a perfect setting for a beautiful outdoor ceremony with up to 100 guests. Nearby restrooms and public parking are also available to visitors. Renting parties may purchase optional packages that include chair rental, the services of an audio technician, and a ceremony coordinator or may opt to rent chairs and amenities from another vendor. Founders Park rentals are coordinated by Trump National staff. For more information about rentals, rates, and availability, contact Marcella at 310-544-5260.

Ladera Linda Community Center:

This former elementary school site’s amenities include a parking lot, restrooms, paddle tennis courts, tot lot, playground and basketball court. Ladera Linda is also the home of the Discovery Room which features live and static exhibits of local flora, fauna and historic information. Staff and volunteers provide educational programs on-site for a large variety of school, youth and other groups as well as conduct docent-led hikes in the surrounding hills and Forrestal Property. This location also has a multipupose room and classroom available for rental for meetings and private parties. There are excellent views of the cliff face, hillsides, coastline and ocean. Dogs must be on a leash.

32201 Forrestal Drive , Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

Phone number: (310) 541-7073

Park hours:

Regular Hours:Mon., Wed., Fri. 1:00p.m. - 5:00p.m., Sat. & Sun. 1:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.

Holidays 10 am-5 pm

Summer Park Hours: July 1-Labor Day Monday-Friday 1 pm-5 pm; Weekends 10 am-5 pm

Closed: January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25

Martingale Trailhead Park:

This trailhead provides access to a trails system serving the cities of Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills and Rolling Hills Estates. Both hikers and equestrians utilize this park. Improvements include landscaping, a tri-level drinking fountain which serves horses, humans and small animals, a mounting block, and a seating rock.

22 Martingale Drive Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

Park Hours:Daily Dawn – Dusk

Point Vicente Fishing Access:

The City acquired this property from Los Angeles County through a grant deed in May 2004. This 10.5-acre site features a paved parking lot, a restroom building, an improved trail to the shoreline, and incredible Catalina and ocean views.

31300 Palos Verdes Drive SouthRancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Park Hours:Daily Dawn – Dusk

Point Vicente Interpretive Center:

This beautiful park, located adjacent to the Pt. Vicente Lighthouse, offers recreational and educational opportunities to the public.

The Interpretive Center opened in 1984 with a mission to present and interpret the unique features and history of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The almost 10, 000 square foot newly expanded Interpretive Center, re-opened on July 15, 2006, features exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the Peninsula, with a special emphasis on the Pacific gray whale. This premier whale watch site provides spectacular opportunities to view the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale, from December through April.

The City trains volunteers (docents) to lead tours inside the Center. Los Serenos de Point Vicente is the City’s volunteer docent organization. If you are interested in becoming a Docent, please call 310-544-5264.

The park grounds may be enjoyed from dawn to dusk. Picnic tables are available, however fires and barbecues are prohibited at this site. Dogs must be on a leash.

31501 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

Phone number:(310) 377-5370

Museum Hours:Daily 10am – 5pm

Park grounds open until dusk.

Closed: January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25

Point Vicente Park / Civic Center:

Formerly a Nike Missile Base, this passive park site surrounds the City’s civic center. A sand volleyball court, tennis court, and open grassy areas are available. There are spectacular views of the ocean and this is the site of the City's annual July 4th Independence Day Celebration. Dogs must be on a leash.

30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

Park Hours: Daily Dawn - Dusk

Robert E. Ryan Community Park:

The City’s first park was transferred from the County at the time of the City’s incorporation in 1973. This park features a community building with a small activity room and patio which are available for rent, a tot lot, playground, picnic areas with barbecues, grassy fields, and a baseball diamond. Views from this park are superior, and the mature trees add to the atmosphere. Dogs must be on a leash.

30359 Hawthorne Boulevard, Rancho Palos Verdes 90275

Phone number: (310) 377-2290

Park hours :

Regular Hours: Monday – Friday 12pm - duskSat. & Sun. 10am - dusk

Holidays: 10am - dusk

Summer Park Hours: July 1-Labor DayDaily 10am – dusk

Closed: January 1, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, December 25

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Rolling Hills Estates City Parks

Chandler Park

Located next to City Hall at the corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Palos Verdes Drive North, Chandler Park offers 3-1/2 acres surrounded by towering pepper trees. Facilities include an equestrian ring and over two acres of open grass field perfect for kite-flying, frisbee throwing, baseball, or an afternoon picnic. Parking is provided in the neighboring City Hall parking lot.

Chandler Preserve

Located north of the Dapplegray ball fields, east of the Empty Saddle Club, and west of Rolling Hills Country club, the Chandler Preserve offers 27 acres of open space for hiking and horseback riding

Rolling Hills Estates Community Center

Located at 2500 Palos Verdes Drive North, a the southwest corner of Palos Verdes Drive East, the Rolling Hills Estates Community Center is available to local organizations as a convenient meeting place.

Dapplegray Park

Located at the northwest corner of Palos Verdes Drive North and Palos Verdes Drive East, Dapplegray Park is served by several bridle trails connected directly to its riding rings. The 1-1/2 acre equestrian facility contains a riding ring, a lunging ring, and a dressage area. Parking is available on Palos Verdes Drive East adjacent to the arena.

Equestrian and Bike Trails

The City of Rolling Hills Estates has more than 20 miles of bridle trails and 10 miles of bicycle paths maintained for the recreational enjoyment of the community.

Ernie Howlett Park

Located at 25851 Hawthorne Boulevard between Palos Verdes Drive North and Rolling Hills Road, Ernie Howlett Park is the City’s major recreational facility.

This 35 acre park provides facilities to many sporting and leisure activities, including: four one-wall handball courts, multi-purpose athletic fields, a regulation basketball court, a sand volleyball court, picnic tables, barbecue pits, and a variety of playground equipment. The park also boasts a 3/4-mile running track and a bicycle path.

However, for many of the sports-mined, the main attractions of Howlett Park are the Rolling Hills Estates Tennis Club and the Equestrian Center. Eight tennis courts are open to the public, with a patio, refreshment center, and a grandstand for tournament spectators. This outstanding facility is home to the annual Tracy Austin Doubles Tennis Tournament. For court rates or membership information, please call (310) 541-4585.

The Equestrian Center, which features three riding rings, a dressage area and grandstand, and multi-use trail, is a frequent site for local horse shows. In addition, the Equestrian Center is available to rent for private clinics, horse shows and other equestrian-related events. To reserve the Equestrian Center, call (310) 541-9487.


The 36-acre Preserve located at the corner of Palos Verdes Drive North and Palos Verdes Drive East, and the center is operated jointly by the City of RHE and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. A nature trail passes through one 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 trail has an Information Kiosk that visitors use to keep up on the many activities scheduled throughout the year. Visitors can walk or ride on horseback through the willow-riparian and coastal sage habitats, culminating with a spectacular view of the Los Angeles basin.

The Nature Center provides educational and recreational programs which invite the community to enjoy and learn more about the natural beauty and wildlife of George F Canyon. Inside the Nature Center are exhibits focusing on the local flora and fauna including live animals to observe up close.

Walking tours can be arranged for schools, scouts and other organized groups. The Birthday Party Safari is a unique and wonderful way to celebrate your child’s special day with a nature inspired atmosphere.

The Center is open to the public on Fridays 1-4 pm; and Saturdays & Sundays 10-4 pm. The trail is open everyday from dawn until dusk.

For further information call the Nature Center directly: 310-547-0862.

Highridge Park

Located at the corner of Crestridge and Highridge Roads, Highridge Park is a 10-1/2 acre facility that features two regulation-size soccer fields, youth softball/baseball field, barbecue pits, restrooms, picnic tables, playground equipment, approximately one mile of running track with Par Course stations, and a multi-use trail.

Rockbluff Park

Located at the end of the Rockbluff Drive cul-de-sac, this 1-1/2 acre park boasts plenty of space to enjoy a fun day in the sun. Playground equipment and benches are available.

Silver Spur Park

Located at the southwest corner of Silver Spur Road and Palos Verdes Drive North, Silver Spur Park is a 1/2 acre open grass field.

Palos Verdes Estates City Parks

Pedestrian pathways are found within the street medians on Palos Verdes Drive North between Via Valmonte and Malaga Cove Plaza and on Palos Verdes Drive West between the 1300 block and the south end of the City. Bluff top trails with ocean views are found between the 1300 block of Paseo Del Mar and the south end of the City. Beach access is available from the 300 block of Paseo Del Mar. Access is by walking (no vehicles) and the incline on this paved emergency access road is extremely steep.

Passive parks located within the City include Memorial Garden, Farnham Martin Park, Civic Center Park, and Lunada Bay Plaza. Each park is less than one acre in size.

Youth Sports in Palos Verdes Estates

Information about organized youth sports and club programs on the Palos Verdes Peninsula including baseball, basketball, football/cheer, soccer, softball and others can be found at www.pvsports.com


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