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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 021114
LA Clippers Help Long Beach Celebrate New Basketball Court Playground at Coolidge Park
Jane Grobaty

The City of Long Beach today celebrated the opening of a refurbished basketball court and a new playground at Coolidge Park, with some help from The California Endowment and the Los Angeles Clippers, whose basketball players provided clinics to neighborhood children. The ceremony also included the opening of a Fitness Zone exercise equipment station, which was funding by a Kaiser Permanente HEAL Zone grant that is administered by the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services and the Coalition for a Healthy North Long Beach. 

"We are always grateful when our partners recognize the importance of our parks and help us to improve them," Mayor Bob Foster said. “I would like to thank the Los Angeles Clippers, The California Endowment and Kaiser Permanente for their generous contributions.”

The Los Angeles Clippers and The California Endowment have partnered to deliver the Clippers FIT Campus Playground & Court Refurbishment Program.  The work at Coolidge Park, 352 E. Neece St., included resurfacing the basketball court and adding new poles and backboards; replacing the playground equipment; and replacing some of the sand with a rubber surface.

“These partnerships are helping to make North Long Beach a healthier community in many ways,” said Councilmember Steven Neal, who represents the 9th District. “They also reflect the spirit of our Uptown Renaissance and help move our neighborhoods forward.”  

McBride Park received similar improvements last year from the Los Angeles Clippers and The California Endowment. 

Fitness Zones are easy-to-use outdoor gyms that bring a new set of healthy activities to the park experience. They create a fun, accessible, and social environment where people can enjoy getting fit by using top-quality exercise equipment and stations suitable for all fitness levels.

In 2011, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services was awarded a $1 million multi-year HEAL Zone grant from Kaiser Permanente focused on the North Long Beach area on behalf of the Coalition for a Healthy North Long Beach.  The HEAL Zone Initiative is designed to help make healthy choices accessible to more people in underserved communities through environmental changes – and in turn to prevent diseases such as diabetes and heart disease that often result from obesity.