FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 062515
Bixby Park Construction Project Scheduled to Begin July 6
The first phase of planned renovations at Bixby Park is scheduled to begin on July 6, 2015 with the construction of a new playground featuring a 2- to 5-year-old play structure and a 5- to 12-year-old play structure with climbing components and slides, sand play areas, eight swings, a cable climber, two universal access slides, and an additional shaded seating area.
“The new playground at Bixby Park is an investment in our future,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We take great pride in providing safe, fun areas for kids to play, and to live a healthy, active lifestyle.”
The remainder of Bixby Park will remain open during construction, which is expected to be completed before Labor Day weekend.
“I’m thrilled to see the vision of residents and stakeholders to redesign Bixby Park take a major step forward,” said Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal. “Bixby Park is the heart of the community and receives lots of visitors from throughout the city, especially on holidays. So we’ve deliberately scheduled construction between the Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays.”
Beginning in March 2014, residents and stakeholders began working with architects and Parks, Recreation and Marine staff to update the Bixby Park Master Plan, redesign the playground and prioritize funding needs.
The playground renovation will involve fencing around the construction area, and the occasional closure of parking spaces and sidewalk areas to accommodate equipment and delivery during the construction hours of Monday through Friday from 7:30 am until 3:30 pm, and occasional Saturday hours.
The renovations will also include a fitness loop, with construction scheduled from July to August 2015; and a free-standing restroom, with construction scheduled from July through December 2015.
Funding for the entire project includes $1 million appropriated by the City Council for the FY 2014 Capital Improvement Program Budget, and $250,000 in one-time funding from the Second Council District for Park Playground and Other Improvements.
For more information about the Bixby Park construction project, call 562.570.3165.