Kids On The Beach 2017

This was the scene on the beach at a Kids Beach Day a couple of years ago.

A new citywide Beach Week is on the calendar for Alamitos Beach.

Kaskade’s Sun Soaked festival cancelled just a couple of weeks ago, but the city is going ahead with the Beach Week that had been part of the plans.

Starting next Monday, July 8, a wide range of free activities will take place at Alamitos Beach, near downtown. Everything from yoga to sand soccer will be offered, along with Fire Department and Marine Safety rescue demonstrations.

Sun Soaked was an electronic dance festival started in 2017 that drew tens of thousands of fans to a temporary stadium at Alamitos Beach. Earlier this year, DJ and producer Kaskade announced the concert would expand to two days, with a week of free activities to help mitigate the concert's impact.

But with ticket sales lagging and other organizational issues, he announced the cancellation on June 25.

So the city, in the form of the Parks, Recreation and Marine, Police and Fire departments, picked up the ball with plans for Beach Week. Activities will run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

"We're excited to have a week full of fun beach events that everyone can participate in," Mayor Robert Garcia said in a release. "These events are free, good for your health, fun and for the whole family."

Health-minded adults will be the focus from 7 to 10 a.m., with sunrise yoga, a beach bootcamp and Tai Chi on the sand. For the water-inclined, Belmont Plaza Pool will host lap swim and water exercise.

From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., it's Kids' Beach Days. An expansion of beach days in the past, activities include volleyball, flag football, sand soccer, an obstacle course and general sand play. Monday ends with a beach cleanup, and there will be skate kids lessons the rest of the week.

Lifeguards, firefighters and Marine Safety officers will be conducting several demonstrations every day, ranging from mock rescues to how the fire boat rescues take place. Junior Lifeguard information will be available each day.

Days wind down with a bit more for adults. There will be kayaking and canoeing out of Leeway Sailing Center in Alamitos Bay, a total body fitness boot camp at Alamitos Beach, and the day ends with another round of yoga.

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Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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