PRESS RELEASE

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

7/26/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 072621-3
Subject:
Community Invited to Provide Input on Parks, Recreation and Marine Strategic Plan
Online survey available through August 10
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov




Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach’s Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is in the process of preparing a Strategic Plan (Plan), and the community is invited to provide input on the new Plan, which will guide future operational decisions and park services over the next decade.

“Parks are an important part of our neighborhoods and help enhance the livability and beauty of our city,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We encourage folks to get involved and share their thoughts on the future of our City parks and services as we prepare for our 10-year plan.”

The Plan will guide PRM’s operational, staffing and budget decisions for a 10-year period from 2021 to 2031 and serve as a tool to adapt park services as the community’s needs evolve. Community members are invited to review the Draft Strategic Plan and share feedback by completing an online survey. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog through August 10, 2021.

“We have seen how parks and open space are essential to our community during the past 15 months,” said Parks, Recreation and Marine Department Director Brent Dennis. “After putting the development of the Plan on hold for 2020 to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to share the Draft Strategic Plan with our community and move forward.”

The Draft Plan was developed through robust outreach and used a community outreach methodology centered around the voice of residents and staff. This multifaceted process included engagement with more than 2,000 participants through multiple rounds of community surveys, public workshops and events, stakeholder interviews, newsletters, emails and meetings with PRM Department staff, key stakeholders and the public in English, Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog. 

Public comments will be taken through August 10, 2021, and incorporated into the final Plan, which is expected to be presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission for approval on August 19, 2021, and presented to the City Council for adoption in September 2021. For more information about the Plan, visit longbeach.gov/park/

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, Public Works and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, 12 libraries, five golf courses, 169 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.

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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 quality of life in Long Beach. PRM maintains 169 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.

For more information about the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine programs and services, visit www.longbeach.gov/park. Follow us on social to keep up with the latest news on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube

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