PRESS RELEASE

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

2/3/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 020321
Subject:
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Re-Launches Strategic Plan Update to Better Serve Community
Community Invited to Participate in Survey
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov




Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is re-launching the Department Strategic Plan Update (Strategic Plan) following a year-long pause due to the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The community is now invited to see the results from the first community survey and participate in the next round of community outreach. 

“Long Beach parks, beaches and related programs have always been an essential part of our community’s daily lives,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We want to hear from our community on how they think those spaces should progress and continue to be enjoyable for all over the next 10 years.”

The effort began in 2019 following the Long Beach City Council’s approval of funding to update PRM’s 2003 Strategic Plan. City staff led a community engagement process, including circulation of a multilingual community survey, to solicit input from residents and stakeholders on their vision for the future of the department. The survey was promoted online and on social media and was made available in English, Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog at community centers, movies and concerts in the park and at other community events. 
 
“The Strategic Plan will determine how we prioritize our work, how we organize our staff, and how we decide where to invest,” said Parks, Recreation and Marine Director Brent Dennis. “We are asking our park users and every member of our community to share with us feedback that will make our parks and beaches safer and more welcoming and our programs even better.” 

The community is encouraged to visit the PRM website and click on the “PRM Strategic Plan” tab or go to http://bit.ly/prm_strategicplan to review the results of the 2019 community survey and take a second multilingual survey which will be available until Feb. 19.
Strategic Plan lawn signs and window posters featuring a QR code for people to access the survey directly on a smartphone device have been posted at more than 40 parks throughout the city.

In addition, pop-up stations with hard copies of the survey are available in English, Spanish, Khmer and Tagalog at the following locations:
  • McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
  • Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave. 
  • Orizaba Park, 1435 Orizaba Ave.
  • Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St.
  • El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring St.
  • Long Beach Marine Bureau Office, 205 N. Marina Dr.
Residents can also help promote the survey by downloading and printing a Strategic Plan poster and placing it in their windows. The posters are available at http://bit.ly/prm_strategicplan

Virtual stakeholder meetings are being scheduled throughout February to provide additional opportunities for the City to receive input from user groups. PRM will also be producing a video series highlighting programs, people, planning and partnerships that will be available this spring, and the community will be encouraged to share their park story with staff by connecting on social media using #ParksMakeLB.

The PRM Strategic Plan will cover a 10-year period, from 2021-2031, and will guide operational, staffing and budgeting decisions for the Department. For a summary of the 2003 PRM strategic plan and for more information, 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 and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program. 
 
For more information about the City of Long Beach, visit www.longbeach.gov. Follow us on social to keep up with the latest news: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube
 
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 171 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.  

###