PRESS RELEASE

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

7/26/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:072618
Subject:
Public Invited to Attend Los Cerritos Park Playground Grand Opening Ceremony
An evening of family-friendly activities and music planned for August 1
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 celebration for the Los Cerritos Park playground on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at 5 p.m., located at 3750 Del Mar Ave. This is the second playground completed of six Measure A-funded playground upgrades.

“Long Beach residents made a historic investment in 2016 with their support of Measure A,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Thanks to them, we are seeing many Long Beach parks and families get repaired.  I’m glad that Los Cerritos Park is the latest park to be improved and that more park projects are on the way."

The playground was designed with a tree house theme, intended to coordinate with the tree-lined park and the character of the surrounding neighborhood. Inspired by the treehouse theme, youth and families are invited to arrive at 5 p.m. to decorate bird houses and take theirs home at no cost. The ribbon cutting will commence at 5:30 p.m., and the season finale of municipal band concerts at Los Cerritos Park will kick off at 6:30 p.m.

“These two new play structures have added to the park’s appeal for residents who also enjoy the tennis courts, picnic areas and our summer Municipal Band concerts,” said Councilmember Roberto Uranga. “The playground’s treehouse theme blends well with this wooded park and the character of our community.”

“This new playground is an exciting enhancement to a great neighborhood park in Los Cerritos,” said Councilmember Al Austin. “The new playground will bring joy to countless youth and families for decades to come. This is a big Measure A win for our Long Beach kids!” 

The Los Cerritos Park playground was upgraded with the installation of: two new playground structures, one for ages two to five years and another for ages five to 12 years; a zip line and hillside slides; and other site furnishings and ADA improvements. This is the first playground in Long Beach with a zip line and hillside slides.

“This project follows Jackson Park, another Measure A park project that was completed in April of this year,” said Parks, Recreation and Marine Director Gerardo Mouet. “New playgrounds at Drake, Jenni Rivera, Veterans and Whaley Parks will open later this year.”

The Los Cerritos Park playground project cost was approximately $1 million, which was made possible using Measure A funds. 

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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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.