PRESS RELEASE

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

12/16/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 121620-2
Subject:
Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine to Extend Free, Low-Cost Youth Programs
Registration Starts Friday, Dec. 18
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov




Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) will extend three popular programs to safely engage youth, including a mobile recess program during the upcoming Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) winter break as well as after school camps and learning hubs running through Friday, Jan. 28, 2021. Registration for these free and low-cost sessions begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 18.

“Parks, Recreation and Marine is serving the needs of working families by offering our city’s youth enriching activities and opportunities for safe recreational fun,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We’re committed to doing everything we can to support families and children during this difficult time.”

Mobile Recess Program  
The free Mobile Recess Program will be extended through LBUSD Winter Break and end on Thursday, Dec. 31 (no program on Dec. 25).

PRM staff will drive trucks loaded with supplies and equipment to designated neighborhood streets and provide activities for youth ages 5 through 14 (Grades K-8). The streets will be blocked off for safety.

Activities include physical fitness activities and arts and crafts. Space is limited and advance signups are required. All sign-ups are on a first come, first served basis. 

Registration for these new sessions begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, via longbeach.gov/park. For more information, people may call 562.570.3226. The locations and schedules are as follows: 

Monday through Wednesday (10 a.m. to noon)
  • Hellman Street between Orange Avenue and Cerritos Avenue
  • 11th Street between Dawson Avenue and St. Louise Avenue
  • Baker Street Between Golden Avenue and Amebco Road
  • 67th Way between Orcutt Avenue and Muriel Avenue
 Monday through Wednesday (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • 17th Street between Henderson Avenue and Chestnut Avenue
  • 8th Street between Gladys Avenue and Freeman Avenue
  • 16th Street between Gundry Avenue and Walnut Avenue
  • Jackson Street Between Orange Avenue and Walnut Avenue
Thursday (10 a.m. to noon)
  • 23rd Street between Cedar Avenue and Chestnut Avenue
  • Parade Street between Harbor Avenue and Fashion Avenue
  • Inside Grace Park, located at 361 E. Plymouth St.
After School Camps
Camps for children ages 5 to 12 years old will continue on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Jan. 4 to Jan. 28 (Closed Jan. 18). Campers can enjoy fun new games that follow COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The camps will take place at the following parks:
  • Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave.
  • Cesar E. Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave.
  • College Estates Park, 808 Stevely Ave.
  • Coolidge Park, 352 E. Neece St.
  • Drake Park, 951 Maine Ave.
  • El Dorado Park West, 2800 N. Studebaker Rd.
  • Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave.
  • MacArthur Park, 1321 E. Anaheim St.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave.
  • McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
  • Orizaba Park, 1435 Orizaba Ave.
  • Pan American Park, 5157 E. Centralia St.
  • Ramona Park, 3301 E. 65th St.
  • Scherer Park, 4600 Long Beach Blvd.
  • Seaside Park, 14th Street at Chestnut Avenue
  • Silverado Park, 1545 W. 31st St.
  • Somerset Park, 1500 E. Carson St.
  • Stearns Champions Park 4520 E. 23rd St.
  • Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St.
  • Wardlow Park, 3457 Stanbridge Ave.
  • Whaley Park, 5620 E. Atherton St. 
Online registration begins at 10 a.m. on Dec. 18. In-person registration is available between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon on Dec. 18 at the following sites:
  • Parks, Recreation and Marine Administrative Office, 2760 N. Studebaker Rd.
  • Pan American Park, 5157 E. Centralia St.
  • King Park Pool, 1910 Lemon Ave.
  • Belmont Plaza Pool, 4320 E. Olympic Plaza
For in-person registration after Dec. 18, please call 562.570.3150 to make an appointment. The weekly cost is $10 per person. Financial assistance is available on a first-come, first served basis.

Community Learning Hubs 
The Community Learning Hubs will continue to offer free sessions in January for distance learning and after-school activities for kindergarten to eighth grade LBUSD students.

The free hubs will provide a safe space with high-speed internet for students to complete distance learning assignments during the school day. Youth will also have the option to participate in safe and enriching after-school activities, including academic support, sports, fitness and more. 

The learning hubs will be available weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Jan. 4 through Jan 28., (closed Jan. 18) at the following locations
  • Ernest McBride Park & Cal Rec. Community Center, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
  • Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave.
  • Orizaba Park, 1435 Orizaba Ave.
  • Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St.
All health and safety protocols will be implemented at the learning hub locations, and participants will be required to wear face coverings and adhere to physical distance guidelines. Participants must bring their own electronic device and lunch.

Online registration begins at 10 a.m. on Dec. 18. In-person registration begins on Dec. 18, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., at each of the camp locations listed above. In-person registration continues between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 21 through Dec. 23, and Dec. 28 through Dec. 31, at each of the camp locations.

In-person program safety protocols include: 
  • Limiting the number of participants at each event.
  • Maintaining no larger than 12:1 participant-to-staff ratio.
  • Implementing physical distancing protocols including check-in and check-out.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing all high-touch areas frequently.
  • Requiring face coverings for participants and staff.
For additional information about these programs and other activities for youth, visit longbeach.gov/parks or call 562.570.3150. 

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