PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

3/14/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:031418
Subject:
Grand Prix View: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Opens Track for Public Use on Tuesday, April 3
Contact:
Kevin Lee
Public Affairs Officer
City Manager’s Office
562.570.6811
Kevin.Lee@longbeach.gov




The public is invited to participate in the sixth annual Grand Prix View, to walk, bike, roller skate, or even push a stroller on the same track where the world's best Indy car drivers will race by at over 180 mph the following weekend. This exciting event will take place on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

"As a mobility friendly city, we strive to create activities and events like the Grand Prix View. This is a fun opportunity for bicyclists, pedestrians and families to rule the racecourse safely and enjoy the streets of Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

Unlike the drivers of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, participants of the Grand Prix View can travel the track at their own pace, checking out all the sights of one of the most famous street courses in the world. The Grand Prix View will cover 1.5 miles of the course, and travel in the same direction as the Toyota Grand Prix, which starts the following week and draws a crowd of more than 180,000 spectators.

“Whenever the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach comes to Downtown, this is the most exciting place to be,” said Councilmember Jeannine Pearce. “During the Grand Prix View last year, it was great to see community members come out to exercise and socialize with friends out on the race track, and we hope for the same turnout this year.”

The public can access the track at Hart Place and Seaside Way, just south of Ocean Boulevard. Free event parking is available at the Terrace Theatre Parking Structure. No motorized vehicles are allowed, and no animals are permitted except service animals.

The Grand Prix View is a Beach Streets Open Street event, sponsored by the City of Long Beach and the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. By repurposing streets for bicyclists, pedestrians, and other non-motorized users, cities are encouraged to consider other ways our streets can be used. For more information, including a map showing parking and entrance points, visit www.beachstreets.com or call 562.570.5333.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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