FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 050814
Dedication Event Scheduled for New Downtown Park
Mayor Bob Foster, Vice Mayor Robert Garcia and the Departments of
Parks, Recreation & Marine and Public Works invite the public
to a dedication ceremony for a new park to be located at the
intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Alamitos Avenue
and Sixth Street on Thursday, May 15, at 10 am.
"This project will not only provide the Hellman area neighborhood
with its first parkspace, but will help beautify an important entry
point into Downtown Long Beach," Mayor Bob Foster said.
The 0.84-acre park will be built in an area created by the closure
of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, between Sixth and Seventh
Streets. The park will be located immediately west of the
Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum, between the Museum of Latin
American Art and the National Guard Armory building. The city
is preparing to change traffic flow patterns in the area to
accommodate the park and improve safety.
“This is a true community park, because the community has
been involved in the planning and naming,” said Vice Mayor
Garcia, who represents the First Council District. “This new
park will contribute to the greening of Long Beach by creating a
central open space near two museums for everybody to
The park will be developed with a playground, half-court basketball
court, exercise equipment, skate elements, a multi-use plaza and
amphitheater, and drought-tolerant landscaping. The park will also
provide storm water management.
The funding for the $4.66 million project will come from Federal
Highway Safety Improvement Program, Federal Transportation
Management Plan, State of California Statewide Parks grants and
local gas tax revenues. The project is expected to go out for
construction bids by summer 2014, and a construction timeline will
be established for 2014-2015.
This park has been known in the past as Armory Park due to its
location near the Armory. On March 11, 2014, the City Council
requested that the Parks and Recreation Commission consider the
name of Robert Gumbiner Park, and the City is currently in the
review process for the official naming of the park.
For more information about the dedication event, please call