Deane Dana Friendship Community Regional Park is a 123 acre park located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and is one of the parks enjoyed by owners of Palos Verdes homes. The park over looks San Pedro and has panoramic view of Catalina Island, the harbors of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and also the San Bernardino Mountain ranges. This park has many amenities such as a natural history museum, gift shop, indoor and outdoor classrooms and even live animal displays to educate and entertain in the 4000 square foot Nature Center. The park is ADA accessible and there are many school field trips here. Many hiking trails run throughout the park, some with ADA accesibility, taking you through the restored Coastal sage scrub habitat along the hillsides. There is a sheltered picnic area with barbecues and a playground where you can stop for lunch or hold a special event.
The Friendship Park also offers special fee programs such as a Field Trip in Nature where an animal presentation is given along with a bus ride and a hike, or Birthday N Nature party which includes an animal presentation, a birthday message, projects,a bus ride and a hike. For more information on these activities, fees and reservations please contact (310) 519-6048.
The park is located at Western Avenue and West 9th Street in San Pedro (1850 West 9th St.). It is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to sunset. The Nature Center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The Nature Center is closed on Mondays. There is no admission charge and parking is also free. For more information contact (310) 519-6115.
Photo courtesy of Los Angeles County Park and Recreation