Manhattan Beach law prohibits babysitting, nannying in city parks.

For some apparantely unsubtantiated reason, Manhattan Beach city officials are considering clamping down on personal trainers in city parks after they’ve allegedly found gym equipment left behind. NBC Los Angeles, who covered the story, spoke with a number of frequent park visitors, none of whom could recall an issue with gym equipment.

City officials hope to pass a ban on such dangerous equipment as yoga mats and exercise balls, but in the meantime point out existing city code that they believe already prohibits personal trainers from bringing clients to parks:

12.48.070 Commercial activities.
Commercial activities, including, but not limited to vendors, caterers, and peddlers, including vendors, caterers and commercial enterprises associated with permitted, organized groups, shall be prohibited in all City parks unless a permit is obtained from the Director of Parks and Recreation. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the Director of Parks and Recreation from awarding a franchise for special events to a particular caterer or vendor.

I’m not a lawyer, so correct me if I’m wrong, but if they’re going to use this to charge personal trainers with a misdemeanor, wouldn’t this also apply to nannies or babysitters?

3 thoughts on “Manhattan Beach law prohibits babysitting, nannying in city parks.”

  1. It looks like things can be permitted at the discretion of the parks director. Sounds like a money grab for permits rather than a complete ban like the peoples republic of santa monica has tried with the morning boot campers.

  2. How can this be linked to personal trainers? Are they going to ban dogwalkers too? You can’t ask babysitters, nannies or any other supervisor of children to pay for a permit to go to the park. I work for a nanny agency ( and no nanny agency would approve of this law.

  3. Forget nannying and babysitting. What about making business calls from you cell phone? Or using your laptop or smart phone to access the Internet for business-related reasons (which may include blogging)?

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