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Long Beach Parks Rise to #18 in the Country

Release Date: 2019-06-06

Dear Justin --
Long Beach is winning national recognition for our investment in parks. Over just the past year, we’ve moved from 21 to number 18 in the Trust for Public Land’s (TPL) Parkscore ranking. Long Beach residents and visitors enjoy exceptional parks and open space areas, and this ranking is a testament to the efforts of Parks, Recreation, and Marine (PRM) Department staff who provide leisure programs, maintain parks, beaches and marinas, and work to add and improve recreational open spaces.

It's also a testament to the priority we’ve put on adding green space, making parks more accessible, expanding programming, and investing in park amenities. Our Parks, Recreation and Marine Department also stood out for the number of community centers, senior centers and dog parks serving residents throughout the City. We can all thank our Parks, Recreation and Marine Director, Gerardo Mouet, for his outstanding leadership.

Our investments in our parks are investments in quality of life for everyone. In just the last year and a half we’ve:
• Created new greenbelts with walking paths and bike trails
• Opened three new sports fields
• Built five new playgrounds
• Restored and opened the 12 acre wetlands at Willow Springs Park
• Restored and opened the 34-acre DeForest Wetlands
• Began construction on a new 6,500-square-foot community center in north Long Beach.

On top of that, thanks to prioritizing our parks, more than 8 of ten residents are within a ten minute walk of a park. And PRM is developing a new strategic plan to engage residents in setting future priorities for our parks and greenspaces.

More information about outreach events, along with a community survey, can be found on the PRM Strategic Plan page.

For more information about the TPL's 2019 Parkscore® Index survey, visit https://www.tpl.org/city/long-beach-california.

This is great news for Long Beach and we can all be very proud! I’m committed to continuing to improve Long Beach parks and quality of life for everyone.