PRESS RELEASE

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

7/19/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:071918B
Subject:
New Playground Equipment Coming to Jenni Rivera Memorial Park
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov




Today, the Parks and Recreation Commission (Commission) voted to approve a recommendation to the City Manager for the installation of playground equipment at the existing Jenni Rivera Memorial Park, located at 2001 Walnut Avenue. This is one of several new playgrounds in Long Beach that are being implemented with Measure A funds.

“We are actively working to improve public recreation within the city,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Community investment in Measure A makes projects like these possible.”

The Jenni Rivera Memorial Park Playground will be located across from the mural dedicated to the late Jenni Rivera. The playground will be accessible from multiple neighborhood access points, including Orange and Walnut Avenues, and 21st Street, East Wesley Drive and E Smith Place, by the existing bike and pedestrian path that runs the length of Jenni Rivera Memorial Park.

“Soon, children in our community will have a new and safe place to play and explore the outdoors,” said Vice Mayor Dee Andrews. “The Jenni Rivera Memorial Park is a significant landmark that is deserving of this much-needed improvement, and I am glad we can be a part of bringing this project to life.”

The project includes site preparation and installation of a play structure with a slide and climbing pieces, along with rubberized safety surfacing. The playground is designed for children of various age groups and will feature bright colors to complement the vibrant mural across the Park.

The project is made possible through $250,000 in Measure A funds and $10,000 in “Divide-by-Nine” funds from City Council District Six, totaling $260,000. Funds are budgeted in the Capital Projects Fund in the Public Works Department.

The project is currently in the design phase, and construction is anticipated to begin in the fall.

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.

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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 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 Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine programs and services, visit www.lbparks.org. Please “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @LongBeachParks.

About Public Works

The Long Beach Public Works Department strives to operate, preserve, and enhance the City's physical infrastructure and transportation systems. The Department provides a variety of community services including the repair, rehabilitation and general upkeep of City streets, trees, sidewalks, and City structures. Public Works also provides emergency support services throughout the City. Visit us at http://www.longbeach.gov/pw/, "Like" us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

About Measure A

In 2016, Long Beach voters recognized a pressing need to maintain and enhance public safety services and invest in City infrastructure. Thanks to the passage of Measure A, Fire Engine 8, Paramedic Rescue 12, Police South Division, and Police Academy operations have been restored, enhancing public safety citywide. The City is also making a historic investment in revitalizing heavily utilized public spaces such as streets, libraries, community centers, and parks. Anticipated to raise $384 million over ten years for the City of Long Beach, Measure A is collected as a one percent sales tax for the first six years, and then reduces to half a percent in the four years before it sunsets. For more information, visit: www.longbeach.gov/MeasureA.