The public is invited to the grand opening ceremony for Robert Gumbiner Park at 880 East 7th Street on Sunday, April 23 at 1:00 pm. The event will feature a live DJ, food trucks, activities and more.
“I am excited to see this project come to completion,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We have invested years into this park in order to provide much needed recreational open space, a safer environment, and a better traffic intersection for Long Beach residents.”
The 36,590 square-foot park includes a small performance area, playgrounds, a skate plaza, shade structures, a picnic area and public art pieces donated by the nearby Museum of Latin American Art
(MoLAA) and Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum
The park also incorporates sustainability design features that include the use of recycled pavement, a bioswale that retains and filters storm water, large canopied trees and a new green space in a fully built-out area.
"Gumbiner Park is a game changer for one of the most park-poor areas of the city," said Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez. "This new park will bring people out of their homes to experience new activists such as yoga, the arts, and skateboarding."
Additional infrastructure improvements to the area include street improvements and new sidewalks that meet current disabled access regulations. The park will benefit approximately 32,000 residents who live within a half-mile radius.
On June 9, 2015, the Long Beach City Council agreed with recommendations from the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Housing and Neighborhoods Committee, and voted unanimously to name the park in honor of Dr. Robert Gumbiner, a health care pioneer and philanthropist who opened the nearby MoLAA in 1996. Mayor Garcia sponsored the original City Council agenda item.
As a doctor and an administrator, Dr. Gumbiner guided the growth of his small medical practice into one of the largest HMO's in the country, FHP International. He insisted that his business "provide the most care to the most people for the least amount of money."
Dr. Gumbiner made additional contributions to Long Beach’s cultural and artistic legacy by founding the PIEAM, which opened in October 2010, nearly two years after he died in January 2009 at the age of 85.
The development of the park was made possible through $2.83 Million in funds secured from the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program (Prop 84).
For more information regarding the event, please call Gladys Kaiser, Manager of Community Recreation Services, at 562.570.3150.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.