PRESS RELEASE

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

5/31/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 053119
Subject:
Parks, Recreation and Marine Launches Outreach Efforts for New Strategic Plan
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov




The City of Long Beach’s Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is launching efforts for a Strategic Plan that will engage the community in identifying goals and priorities for PRM for the next ten years.

“A Strategic Plan for Parks, Recreation and Marine will be an important blueprint to continue our work of expanding open space and bringing recreational opportunities to every neighborhood in Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

Over the coming months, PRM will invite community members to share their ideas at community conversations and engagement events across the city, through surveys, public workshops and activities at park summer events. The City also has created a PRM Strategic Plan page with a list of outreach events and a community survey.

“Our current Strategic Plan is more than 15 years old,” said Gerardo Mouet, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Marine. “We want to design a new plan with community input at the core of the process.”

The Fiscal Year 2019 budget included $70,000 to update PRM’s Strategic Plan, which was last addressed in 2003. The new PRM Strategic Plan, dubbed “Parks Make Long Beach,” will cover a 10-year period, from 2020 to 2030, and is intended to incorporate the City’s existing plans with new goals as well as serving as a guide for PRM’s operational, staffing and budgeting decisions.

The launch of a new PRM Strategic Plan coincides with a pledge by Mayor Robert Garcia to work to ensure that everyone in Long Beach be within a 10-minute (half-mile) walk to a park. Currently, 81% of Long Beach residents are within a 10-minute walk to a park. The 10-minute walk campaign is led by the Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association and Urban Land Institute.

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. 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, 171 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 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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