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 - Secretary

Dawn Esser- Treasurer

Dave Wiggins - Board Member

Bruna Rodrigues - Board Member

Aga Chenfu- Board Member

Miriam Rainville- Board Member

Deirdre Brand- Board Member

2019 Student Representative:

Victoria Pettit - South HS Eco Club, Torrance

Advisory Board:

Bill Brand- Redondo Beach Mayor

Bill Petitt - Native Plant Specialist

Ann Dalkey - Butterfly Specialist

Dawn Esser - Former Board Member

Eugene Solomon - Former Board Member

Melanie Cohen - Former SBPC President

Mimi Marrs -Andersen- Owner, Garden Magic Company

Cliff Numark - City Council Member, City of Torrance

Don Vangeloff - former Board Member

Wendy Weber - former Board Member

Christine Wike - former Board Member