Herons are a common site at Hopkins Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach. Photo by Bev Morse
On May 7, 1971, the City of Redondo Beach was given title to 11 acres of federal land by the General Services Administration of the United States. The city, with help from federal, state and local funding, used the property to offer a wilderness experience within the city. The park opened in 1977 and was named after Frances E.Hopkins, Redondo’s city manager from 1954 to 1972.
The park sits atop the highest point of the Del Rey sand dunes, which run from Playa del Rey to Palos Verdes. It offers four distinct ecological habitats, with forests, meadows, streams, and a pond. A “Get Water Smart” garden was recently opened, featuring drought-tolerant plants that are native to the region.
Visitors may choose from three overnight campgrounds: Gumwood, Pine and Sycamore Camps, as well as the Elm Camp picnic site. Each site will accommodate up to 40 guests. Nature lovers can also rent the park’s Amphitheater or its Visitor Center for large events
No entrance fee is required for individuals or families who wish to visit the park. Picnic sites, campground and facility rentals are available for small reservation fees.
Visit redondo.org or call (310) 318-0670 for more information or to reserve.