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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:030118
New Admiral Kidd Park Artificial Turf Sports Field Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Scheduled for March 3
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Admiral Kidd Park artificial turf sports field is scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. The community is invited to attend the ceremony at 2125 Santa Fe Avenue.

“This is the third new artificial turf field that has opened in Long Beach in the past three months,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I am excited about projects like this that provide more access for residents to year-round recreational amenities while contributing to water conservation and reduced maintenance costs.”

The project converts 1.93 acres of an existing natural grass sports field to artificial turf with organic cork/sand infill. Site improvements include landscaped areas and site furnishings, such as picnic tables and garbage containers, and upgraded drainage and fencing throughout the area. The benefits of the conversion include:

  • A reduction of water usage to help meet the State’s water reduction mandate.
  • A more durable, consistent, and safe playing surface.
  • An increase in playable hours by eliminating the need to close fields for sod replacement or following rain events.
  • A reduction in field maintenance costs.

“This new field will help ease the constant demand for soccer fields in our community,” said Councilmember Roberto Uranga. “The qualities of this new artificial turf field will provide for more hours of play and improved, safer playing conditions.”

The construction of the new artificial turf field, managed by the Department of Public Works, was finished on time and on budget. The total project cost was approximately $1.9 million, and was made possible by FY 14 and FY 15 one-time funds that are budgeted in the Capital Projects Fund in the Public Works Department.

About Public Works

The Long Beach Public Works Department strives to operate, preserve, and enhance the City's physical infrastructure and transportation systems. The Department provides a variety of community services including the repair, rehabilitation and general upkeep of City streets, trees, sidewalks, and City structures. Public Works also provides emergency support services throughout the City. Visit us at, "Like" us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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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