PRESS RELEASE

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

6/5/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 060519
Subject:
Long Beach Parks System Rises to Top 18 in Country
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov




Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) has risen to number 18 among the 100 largest U.S. cities in the Trust for Public Land’s (TPL) 2019 Parkscore® Index survey. Last year, the City was ranked 21st.

“Long Beach residents and visitors enjoy exceptional parks and open space areas,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This ranking is a testament to the efforts of Parks, Recreation, and Marine Department staff who provide leisure programs, maintain parks, beaches and marinas, and work to add and improve recreational open spaces.”

The TPL ranking was based on four characteristics of an effective park system: access, investment, acreage, and amenities. PRM was commended for its walkable park access, as 81% of residents live within a 10-minute walk to a park. Also noted was the City’s investment in parks and recreation at $171 per resident, compared to the national median of $80 per resident. PRM also stood out for the number of community centers, senior centers and off-leash dog recreation areas serving residents throughout the City.

“Our park system is part of what provides a great quality of life in the City of Long Beach,” said Gerardo Mouet Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. “We are proud of our efforts to provide recreational open space within walking distance for most residents. In that last 18 months, we created new greenbelts with walking paths and bike trails, opened three artificial turf sports fields, five playgrounds, a new 12-acre wetlands at Willow Springs Park and the new 34-acre DeForest Wetlands project with restored habitats and flood control capabilities. We are also constructing a new 6,500-square-foot community center in north Long Beach.

As the City continues to improve its parks experience for residents and visitors, PRM is developing a Strategic Plan that will engage the community in identifying goals and priorities for PRM for the next ten years. Information about outreach events, along with a community survey, can be found on the PRM Strategic Plan page.

For more information about the Trust for Public Land’s (TPL) 2019 Parkscore® Index survey, visit https://www.tpl.org/city/long-beach-california.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 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. As a full-service charter city, 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. For more information about the City of Long Beach, visit http://longbeach.gov/. Follow us on social to keep up with the latest news: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine

Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, having received the National Parks and Recreation Association Gold Medal Award four times. PRM provides leisure programs and services to residents and visitors, which improve the quality of life in Long Beach. PRM maintains 171 parks with 26 community centers, 320 acres of open space and 6.1 miles of beaches; implements the City's Open Space Plan; provides recreational opportunities to meet diverse community needs; maintains public marinas; and provides for public safety and the humane treatment of animals.

For more information about the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine, visit http://www.longbeach.gov/park. Follow us on social to keep up with the latest news on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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