Hours: 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.
The NAACP Freedom Park is part of the Pacific Electric Right of Way that the City of Long Beach acquired in 2008 and opened as a park in 2012. The 2.8-acre park along a bicycle path provides much-needed open space in Central Long Beach, where residents can relax at benches and picnic tables.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization. Its mission is "to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination."
In October 2014, Councilmember Andrews requested that the Mayor and City Council refer a request to recommend a name for the park to the Parks and Recreation Commission. The Commission forwarded the recommendation to the Long Beach Housing and Neighborhood Committee. On December 16 the City Council voted to approve the Committee’s recommendation to name the area “NAACP Freedom Park.”
Benches, Bike Racks, Picnic Tables, Play Structure, Walkway