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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:051718
City of Long Beach Wins Four American Planning Association Awards
Jacqueline Medina
Long Beach Development Services

The City of Long Beach has been selected to receive four prestigious awards by the Los Angeles section of the American Planning Association (APA).  The annual awards, to be presented on June 7, 2018, recognize and celebrate many of the most noteworthy planning projects, plans, and programs in the Los Angeles region.

“The broad span of these award-winning initiatives and projects demonstrate the City’s innovative development efforts aimed at providing a more livable and sustainable community,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We’re proud to have several City departments recognized among some of the most notable planning efforts in Southern California.”

The following Long Beach projects and initiatives have been recognized for demonstrating outstanding planning work that serves to create more livable, vibrant, and inclusive communities:

Vacant Lot Registry Ordinance, Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone (UAIZ) Program; Award of Excellence - Innovation in Green Community Planning

  • Adopted by the City Council in October 2017, the Vacant Lot Registry Ordinance and UAIZ Program open up new opportunities and incentives for local farming to provide locally grown produce to the Long Beach community, while protecting neighborhoods and decreasing the negative impacts associated with vacant lots.

Uptown Open Space Vision Plan (Plan)
; Award of Excellence - Public Outreach

  • Led by the Office of Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM), the Department of Health and Human Services, and City Fabrick (a nonprofit design studio), the Plan draws upon community input to creatively identify and enhance public open spaces to provide accessibility within a 10-minute walk for residents of North Long Beach. The Plan was informed by a three-phase, community-driven engagement process, which culminated in a “Color Block Walk” event where residents used washable color powders to express possibilities for additional open space.

Gumbiner Park; Award of Excellence - Urban Design

  • Creative vision, strong community and stakeholder engagement, diligent advocacy for open space, and concern for enhanced public safety resulted in the opening of Gumbiner Park in Downtown Long Beach in April 2017.  Led by the PRM Department and the Department of Public Works, the project replaced a portion of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue that was previously known as one of the most dangerous intersections in the City, due to traffic collisions, with new recreation and open space resources and increased park access for the community.

2017 In Review Trilogy; Award of Excellence - Communications Initiative

This is the fifth consecutive year that Long Beach has been recognized by the APA for outstanding accomplishments in regional planning.

The APA is a professional organization representing the field of city and regional planning in the United States. The Los Angeles section of the APA is one of eight local sections of the APA’s California Chapter, with more than 1,300 members in the Los Angeles area.  For more information on this organization, visit:

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 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, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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