Since 2004, the South Bay Parkland Conservancy (SBPC) has been committed to preserving open space and creating more parks in the coastal cities of the South Bay in Los Angeles, CA.  We are dedicated to helping make the community a better place by encouraging and assisting with the acquisition of Parklands. We work with residents, local and state government, and other like-minded organizations in our efforts to preserve parkland for today’s generation, and for generations to come.


Our Mission

South Bay Parkland Conservancy is dedicated to the restoration, preservation and public use of coastal land resources in the South Bay Region.


  • Identify underutilized lands for potential conversion to suitable and productive land use

  • Identify opportunities for improved connectivity between public resources

  • Provide recommendations for improved native ecosystem resources

  • Create opportunities for healthy community place-making

  • Integrate educational opportunities into regional community resources

Board Members

Jacob Varvarigos - President

Barbara Epstein - Vice President

Jim Light - Board Member

Dave Wiggins - Board Member

Eugene Solomon - Board Member

Bruna Rodrigues - Board Member

2018 Student Representatives:

Claire Haddad - Redondo Union HS Env. Science, Redondo Beach

Justin Pioletti - Redondo Union HS Eco Club, Redondo Beach

Victoria Pettit - South HS Eco Club, Torrance

Advisory Board:

Bill Petitt - Native Plant Specialist

Ann Dalkey - El Segundo Blue Butterfly Specialist

Dawn Esser - Former Treasurer, South Bay Parkland Conservancy

Melanie Cohen - Former President, South Bay Parkland Conservancy

Samantha Iacobello - Former Board Member, South Bay Parkland Conservancy

Steven Carey - former Board Member, South Bay Parkland Conservancy

Ted Lieu - California State Senator

Mimi Marrs -Andersen- Owner, Garden Magic Company

Cliff Numark - City Council Member, City of Torrance

Don Vangeloff - former Board Member, South Bay Parkland Conservancy

Wendy Weber - former Board Member, South Bay Parkland Conservancy

Christine Wike - former Board Member, South Bay Parkland Conservancy