PRESS RELEASE

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

10/30/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:103018
Subject:
Public Invited to Attend Veterans Park Playground Grand Opening Ceremony
Playground to Feature Unique Challenge Course Design
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 the new playground at Veterans Park, located at 101 E. 28th Street. The event will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at 10 a.m. This is the third playground completed of six Measure A-funded playground upgrades. An adventure course guided passport will be provided to all youth in attendance to use to explore the new playground.

“Long Beach residents made a historic investment in 2016 with their support of Measure A,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Thanks to them, we see repairs and upgrades to many Long Beach parks and improvements in public safety. I am excited that Veterans Park has unique challenge course components in its playground design.”

The project included: installation of two new playground structures, one for ages two to five years and another for ages five to 12 years; site furnishings; and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements. The playground was designed with an active youth community in mind and has a fitness challenge theme, intended to encourage healthy outdoor fitness through play. The playground design is the first of its kind by GameTime anywhere in the United States that combines traditional playground and youth challenge course equipment such as exciting net climbers and “Ninja Warrior-style” obstacles.

“The new playground at Veterans Park is long overdue, and the community could not be more excited for this ribbon-cutting ceremony,” said Vice Mayor Dee Andrews. “I am very grateful that Measure A funds were allocated to this park because Wrigley deserves a park that is safe, clean, and  family friendly.”

The project costs approximately $967,000 which was made possible using Measure A funds and a Cal-Recycle grant. Through the use of the Cal-Recycle grant, 3,634 pounds of recyclable materials were diverted from being deposited at landfills. Measure A (2016) is a Long Beach ballot initiative approved by voters as a 10-year sales tax to fund public infrastructure and public safety services.

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, 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 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.

About Public Works

The Long Beach Public Works Department strives to operate, preserve, and enhance the City's physical infrastructure and transportation systems, as well as preserve the upkeep of the cityscape with a robust refuse and recycling service that serves more than 120,000 residential and commercial customers. 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.