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