PRESS RELEASE

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

8/23/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:082318
Subject:
Public Invited to Attend C. David Molina Park Grand Opening Ceremony Scheduled for August 28
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov




The public is invited to attend a grand opening celebration for C. David Molina Park, on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., located at 4951 Oregon Avenue. The park is named for Dr. C. David Molina who started the city's first intensive care unit at Pacific Hospital in 1962 and served as the hospital’s Emergency Department Director for 21 years.

“Dr. Molina showed compassion to people who needed it the most,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “He cared for patients like they were family, and I’m proud that this park will add to his legacy as a champion of the community.”

This 3.3-acre park was built as part of a development agreement associated with homes in the Riverdale residential tract. It includes a sports field, playground, restroom facility, walking path, parking, and landscaping. The sports field was created using synthetic turf with energy-efficient field lights and fencing, which will provide additional hours of play for Long Beach sports organizations. The decomposed granite walking path and a series of fitness stations provide an opportunity for healthy outdoor exercise. As well, the playground features play structures focused on children and youth ages two to 12, that include a climbing structure, safety surfacing and colorful shade structures. Park benches, bike racks, picnic tables, landscaping, and parking all were designed to complement the park use.

“The opening of the state-of-the-art C. David Molina Park is transformational for the neighborhood,” said Councilmember Al Austin. “The residents of this community have been looking forward to this park since the former Long Beach Redevelopment Agency acquired the land over 10 years ago. This park has something for everyone, and I am pleased that we are able to honor the legacy of Dr. Molina and the Molina Family with this park in his name that will serve families for generations to come.”

Dr. C. David Molina’s contributions to Long Beach carry through, even to this day.  Dr. Molina developed a paramedic system for Long Beach and trained the city's first firefighters to become paramedics. In 1980, he opened a clinic in Long Beach to serve low-income individuals and families. He founded Molina Medical Centers, headquartered in Long Beach and served as its president and chief executive officer. Dr. Molina passed away in 1996 at the age of 70. Today, Molina Healthcare is a Fortune 500 multi-state healthcare organization, and the Molina family continues to serve Long Beach in several fields and endeavors.

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.

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