The public is invited to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony for the new Marina Vista Sports Court located at 5355 Eliot Street, on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10:00 am. The sports court was a result of a suggestion made by local youth during the Third Council District Youth Participatory Budget process. Ten students helped to gather public input, and the sports court was selected as a preferred project among the more than 700 youth who voted.
“This new sports court shows how residents are able to make positive change in their communities,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “As a result, the new sports court will get kids outside engaging in healthy active fun.”
The sports court was installed between the existing walking path and tennis courts in the central area of Marina Vista Park, in a passive area not regularly used or programmed. Designed for younger children, the sports court has a 1,200-square-foot surface that includes a 10-foot-high basketball pole with a backboard and hoop, and a foursquare overlay painted on the court surface. The court material was specifically selected to be softer and quieter than blacktop.
"I am very excited about the grand opening of this sport court. The sport court was an effort by the youth in our community to come up with a park improvement project," said Councilwoman Suzie Price. "They collaborated, conducted outreach, then held voting at multiple school sites to come up with the final concept. Most significantly, however, for me, is the participation of Luke Johnson. Luke was my neighbor and died at the very early age of 16. Luke was diagnosed with Leukemia and was able to participate in this committee for a brief time when he was not in treatment. We are privileged to open this court in his honor."
The Marina Vista Sports Court was funded from $110,000 in one-time infrastructure funds from the Office of Councilwoman Price. 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 and is consistently recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, having received the national Gold Medal Award four times. PRM operates 169 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, where more than 400,000 rounds of golf are played annually; and the largest municipally operated marina system in the nation with more than 3,200 boat slips. More than 3,200 acres within the City's 50 square miles are developed for recreation. The Department also offers more than 2,400 contract classes (fitness, health, enrichment) to people of all ages (newborn to senior) every year. In addition, the Department offers after-school programs at 26 sites during the school year, as well as 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.