PRESS RELEASE

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

2/17/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 021721
Subject:
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Extend Free, Low-Cost Youth Programs Through April 2
Registration Starts Monday, Feb. 22
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov
Community Information Officer
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine




Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) will offer sessions through Friday, April 2, for four important youth engagement programs, including the Mobile Recess Program, After School Camps, Community Learning Hubs and the Virtual After School Program. Registration for these free and low-cost sessions begins on Monday, Feb. 22.

Mobile Recess Program
The free Mobile Recess Program will continue to be offered through April 2.

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), including physical fitness activities and arts and crafts. The streets will be blocked off for safety. Sign-ups are available on a first-come, first-served basis as space is limited. Sign ups are required in advance.

Registration for these new sessions begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, in person at the sites or via longbeach.gov/park. For more information, people may call 562.570.3226. The locations and schedules for the Mobile Recess Program are as follows: 

Mondays & Wednesdays Sites (3 to 5 p.m.)

  • Hellman Street between Orange Avenue and Cerritos Avenue
  • 11th Street between Dawson Avenue and St. Louise Avenue

  • 67th Way between Orcutt Avenue and Muriel Avenue

Tuesdays & Thursdays Sites (3 to 5 p.m.)

  • 17th Street between Henderson Avenue and Chestnut Avenue
  • 8th Street between Gladys Avenue and Freeman Avenue

  • Jackson Street Between Orange Avenue and Walnut Avenue

Friday Sites (3 to 5 p.m.)

  • 23rd Street between Cedar Avenue and Chestnut Avenue
  • Parade Street between Harbor Avenue and Fashion Avenue 

  • Burton W. Chace Park in the park space

After School Camps
After School camps for children ages 5 to 12 will continue weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. through April 2. Campers will 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.

  • 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 for After School Camps begins at 10 a.m. on Feb. 22. In-person registration will be available between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon on Feb. 22 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 Feb. 22, please call 562.570.3150 to make an appointment. The weekly cost for this program is $10 per person. Financial assistance is available on a first-come, first served basis.

Community Learning Hubs 
The Community Learning Hub Program will continue to offer free sessions through April 2 for distance learning and after-school activities for kindergarten to eighth grade Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) students.

The free Community Learning 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 Community Learning Hubs will be available weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through April 2 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.

Proper health and safety protocols will be implemented at all learning hub locations, and participants will be required to wear a face covering and adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Participants must bring their own electronic device and lunch.

Online registration begins at 10 a.m. on Feb. 22. In-person registration begins on Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at each of the camp locations listed above. 

In-person program COVID-19 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

Virtual After School Program 
The Virtual After School Program will continue weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. through April 2.

This free program will continue to enhance the virtual recreation experience with many engaging and fun activities, plus academic enrichment activities to supplement the virtual learning environment offered by LBUSD. 

The Virtual After School Program will offer kids ages 5 to 14 activities that can be experienced from the comfort of home including live meets with recreation staff, academic support, dance, art, trivia and much more within a three-hour period each day.   

Registration opens on Feb. 22 at 8 a.m.

  1. Visit longbeach.gov/parks

  2. Find the Virtual After School Program registration link

  3. Fill out the registration form 

  4. Wait for your welcome email!

In-person registration will be available on Feb. 22 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Heartwell Park, located at 5801 E. Parkcrest St.

For additional information about these programs and other activities for youth, visit longbeach.gov/parks or call 562.570.3150. 

Media inquiries can be directed to Jane Grobaty, Community Information Officer, 562.570.3233, Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov.