PRESS RELEASE

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

12/7/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:120718B
Subject:
Public is Invited to the New Houghton Park Community Center Beam Signing Ceremony
Contact:
Jennifer Carey
Executive Assistant
Department of Public Works
562.570.6771
Jennifer.Carey@longbeach.gov





The public is invited to attend a beam signing ceremony for the new Houghton Park Community Center followed by a wall demolition of the old building, on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 6301 Myrtle Avenue. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.

“There is a big renaissance happening in North Long Beach, and the new Houghton Park Community Center is a reflection of that,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are thankful to voters for passing Measure A in 2016 which has made it possible for the City to increase investment in community gathering spaces such as Houghton Park. This ensures that the needs of the community are met for generations to come.”

At the event, members of the community will be asked to join Councilmember Rex Richardson and other Houghton Park Community Center stakeholders in signing a wooden beam that will be built into the new Community Center. Immediately following the beam signing is the demolition kick-off of the old Houghton Park Community Center.

The Houghton Park Community Center project includes the construction of a new 6,500 square foot building, with associated existing building renovations, utilities, hardscape and landscape site improvements. It will connect to the existing community center via a breezeway and will surround historical parts of the 1930s portion of the building. The new building will be constructed to the east of the existing community center and will feature two large multipurpose rooms that can be divided further into two rooms by a retractable wall. The multipurpose rooms contain equipment, material storage, and amenities to support a variety of programs and activities. The project will also result in a more accessible, reconfigured parking lot.

The building is designed to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating and will use drought-tolerant landscaping around the building and courtyard to cut down on water usage.

“The renovation and expansion of the Houghton Park Community Center is a significant moment for the Uptown community,” stated Councilmember Rex Richardson. “As we sign the beam that will be a part of the state-of-the-art Community Center, we acknowledge the years of advocacy on behalf of our uptown community and look forward to enjoying the new space for years to come.”

The design process for the community center began in fall 2014 with numerous community workshops and a master planning process to assess the necessary programming and community center uses. As a result of this process, it was decided that the new community center would be built around the current building in phases. The budget for the new building is $7.5 million, of which $4.5 million comes from Measure A and the other $3 million comes from previously allocated one-time 2014 City funds.

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 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

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 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.

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