PRESS RELEASE

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

9/20/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:092017B
Subject:
Public Invited to Attend Davenport Park Walking Path Grand Opening Ceremony
Contact:
Jane Grobaty, Community Information Officer
Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov




The public is invited to attend a grand opening ceremony for the new walking path at Ed “Pops” Davenport Park on Saturday, September 30 at 11:00 a.m., 2910 E. 55th Way.

“The opening of the Davenport Park walking path displays Long Beach’s commitment to keeping families and neighborhoods healthy,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “As cities continue to grow, it’s crucial to provide residents with access to recreational opportunities with open green spaces that make residents feel safe and at home.”

The new 2,200-foot-long, decomposed granite walking path will activate the development of Phase II of Davenport Park, which began in 2016 to build the park out to Paramount Avenue on the park’s western border. Once completed, the combined 11.5-acre park space will provide a much-needed neighborhood park in a park deficient area of north Long Beach.

“I was excited to work with the community on the conceptual plan for the second phase of Davenport Park’s development and am pleased that we are finally making progress on this important project,” said Councilmember Al Austin. “The walking path was the first improvement they identified in the plan, and it is truly rewarding to celebrate its opening.”

The new walking path will connect to the existing walking path at the Ed “Pops” Davenport Park to form a of 2/3 mile-loop.

The development of the walking path, which cost approximately $238,000, is funded by the Public Works’ Proposition A and the General Capital Project funds.

Phase I of Davenport Park opened in 2006 and consists of a playground, sports field and tot lot.

For more information regarding the event, please call Gladys Kaiser, Manager of Community Recreation Services, at (562) 570-3150.

About Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine
The Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is one of the premier parks and recreation departments in the country, is consistently recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, and has received the national Gold Medal Award four times. PRM operates 170 parks with 26 community centers; two major tennis centers; an animal shelter; one of the busiest municipal golf systems in the country with five courses; and the largest municipally operated marina system in the nation with over 3,200 boat slips. More than 3,200 acres are developed for recreation. The Department offers approximately 2,400 contract classes (fitness, health, enrichment) to people of all ages (newborn to senior) every year; after-school programs at 26 sites during the school year; and summer programs for youth 5-12 years old. Other unique sites include multiple community gardens, a municipal cemetery, more than 38 miles of bike trails, 10 dog parks, and eight skate parks.

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