Korean Bell/Angels Gate Park
Angels Gate Park Center – 3601 Gaffey St., San Pedro, CA 9073
Given to the American people by the Koreans, the Korean Bell of Friendship is an impressive historical landmark. Five times a year the bell is rung in celebration, by the striking of it with a giant wooden log. Many movies have been filmed there, including The Usual Suspects. The best thing about this park is that its unique placement offers amazing views of the ocean and Catalina Island. It can be a very romantic spot for catching the sunset. We have always loved to watch the sunset, hear the bell rung and watch the fireworks here for the Fourth of July. A basketball court sits off to one side and there is a small play structure in the other corner of the park. Since it sits on a hill, the wind kicks up making this my favorite place in San Pedro for kite flying.
Deane Dana Friendship Park and Nature Center
Deane Dana Friendship Park – 1805 West 9th Street, San Pedro, CA 90732
Friendship Park features an amazing view of the Port of Los Angeles, which is the biggest port in the United States. The Nature Center there has a few live animals on exhibit and they lead several activities during the week. We had my son’s birthday there once and it was fantastic. They brought out some of the animals to touch, led a craft and read to the kids. They usually do a hike too but it was raining. There is play structure there with amazing views. Also, there are many hiking trails.
The Bogdanovich Recreation Center is a short walk across the parking lot and has athletic fields, an indoor basketball court plus three giant play structures for kids with tire swings!
Averill Park – 1300 Dodson Ave., San Pedro, CA 90732
Averill Park features a small man-made water feature with a waterfall at one end and a duck pond at the other. Sometimes kids will be fishing for crawdads in the water. The park sits on a hill so the trails are at inclines. This makes the park a great place to get exercise, especially if you are pushing a stroller. The hills are also irresistible to those who love to roll down them. Photographers love to take pictures because of the lush bushes, a rock bridge and the neat lighting effects. It has an enchanting quality about it.
Peck Park – 560 N. Western Ave., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90732
Peck Park is one of the larger parks in San Pedro. There are three play structures in the main park area, with one being perfect for toddlers. The park does not have much shade but is a great place to go in the morning or late afternoons. In the afternoon when the park is really hot, take a trip to the pool. Peck Park Pool is one of the few pools open to the public in this area. Get a discount on the already low entrance fee by showing off your library card. Peck Park also has a large facility that houses meetings for various organizations, classes for everyone, and special park events. Behind the building is a hiking trail that follows a small creek. There is also a baseball field, tennis courts and many open areas to hold picnics and events. A computer lab with internet access is open to the public for free as well.
White Point Park
White Point Park – 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731
White Point has a great area for smaller kids. It has a small play structure and is fenced in with a childproof gate! Instead of sand, the park ground is covered with black squishy rubber for cushioning falls. It overlooks the ocean and if you’re lucky, whales can sometimes be spotted while pushing little ones on the swings. Catalina is also an amazing site, especially on clear days. I was fortunate one morning to see the Black Pearl coming out of the fog while filming was going on for Pirates of the Caribbean. In the lower area of the park, there are big rocks for throwing into the ocean and tide pools which are both enjoyable for all ages. This is one of the best places to take the kids to the tide pools because they are easy to get to, and during low tide there is a big tide pool area to explore. In addition, they have picnic areas and bathrooms.
Point Fermin Park
Point Fermin Park – 807 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731
Point Fermin Park is another park with a great view of the ocean and is perfect for hosting events. There are picnic areas with barbecues which makes it a nice place to have parties. Events are held here in the summertime including Shakespeare by the Sea and Music by the Sea which are both free. In addition, the historical Point Fermin Lighthouse is open for exploration. The history behind the lighthouse is simply incredible. My son loves seeing their collection of antique furniture and appliances. He had a hard time believing me when I told him the big wooden box on the wall used to be an operational telephone. This park is wonderful for whale watching, enjoying the sunset or just to take an ocean view walk. Many people like to walk from this park, along the cliffs, through the White Point Nature Preserve, to White Point Park and back as part of their exercise routine because of the amazing views.
San Pedro has so many parks! Which one is your favorite?