City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
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Long Beach, CA 90802

Grand Opening Celebration for Drake Chavez Greenbelt and Soccer Fields Scheduled for January 20
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine

The public is invited to attend the Grand Opening of the Drake Chavez Greenbelt and Artificial Turf Field, located at 1000 DeForest Avenue. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.

“This project will link Cesar E. Chavez Park to both Drake Park and Loma Vista Park, and provide needed open space and recreational activities,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This addition also contributes to the revitalization of the downtown area.”

The Drake Chavez Greenbelt and Artificial Turf Field project is a key component of the Drake Chavez Master Plan, which creates a 57-acre greenbelt along the lower Los Angeles River. The greenbelt provides continuous green space between Anaheim Street and Chester Place along the river with links to the adjacent Los Angeles River Bike Path. Included in the project is the development of one formal artificial turf sports field, one informal natural turf field, landscaped open space/passive park areas, a pedestrian walking trail and on­site parking spaces. The project site is linear in form. It includes an eight-foot wide pedestrian trail traversing the park from northeast to southwest and a gateway entrance at Anaheim Street and DeForest Avenue.

“I am thrilled to see this project come to completion,” said Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez. “The project will enhance the lives of residents in the First District and all of Long Beach. I look forward to seeing community members enjoy their time on the soccer field.”

The total cost of this project is $3.81 million, with funding support of approximately $2.5 million from Proposition 84 grant funding for statewide park development, $300,000 from Los Angeles County Regional Parks and Open Space District "Per Parcel Discretionary" funding, and $1 million of FY14 one-time funding that was designated for this project.

For more information, please call Gladys Kaiser, Manager of Community Recreation Services, at (562) 570-3150.

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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, is consistently recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, and has received the national Gold Medal Award four times. PRM operates 170 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; and the largest municipally operated marina system in the nation with over 3,200 boat slips. More than 3,200 acres are developed for recreation. The Department offers approximately 2,400 contract classes (fitness, health, enrichment) to people of all ages (newborn to senior) every year; after-school programs at 26 sites during the school year; and 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.

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