PRESS RELEASE

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

11/20/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:112018
Subject:
Public Invited to Attend Whaley Park Playground Grand Opening Ceremony
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 Whaley Park, located at 5620 Atherton Street. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at 3:30 p.m.

This is the fourth 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 with some exciting super hero characters. The Long Beach Symphony Instrument Petting Zoo will also be on hand to add to the fun. Children will have the opportunity to create sounds with various instruments.

“This playground is another example of the repairs and upgrades to Long Beach parks and improvements in public safety that are underway and made possible by Long Beach residents and their support of Measure A,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

The project included the 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 arts and sciences theme, intended to enhance the robust arts and sciences programming and camps available at Whaley Park community center.

“I am excited for our youth and families to experience this new playground,” said Councilman Daryl Supernaw. “They will really connect to its arts, science, and music theme that is prevalent in Whaley Park’s programming. The playground offers an opportunity to foster creativity through play.”

The project was made possible by using Measure A, and cost $910,000. 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.

The public can learn more about the grand opening, by calling (562) 570-3150.

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.

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 $435.6 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