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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:022818
Public is Invited to the New Houghton Park Community Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine

The public is invited to attend a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Houghton Park Community Center on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 6301 Myrtle Avenue. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m.

“The Houghton Park Community Center will set a new standard for design and complement our new Michelle Obama Library and Fire Station 12,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I am proud to mention that this project is made possible in part by Measure A, which voters passed in 2016 to fund public infrastructure and public safety services.”

This project includes the construction of a new 6,500 square foot community center building, with associated existing building renovations, utilities, hardscape and landscape site improvements. It will connect to the existing community center via a breezeway and will surround historical parts of the 1930’s portion of the building. The new building will be constructed to the east of the existing community center, and will feature two large multipurpose rooms that can be divided further into two rooms by a retractable wall. The multipurpose rooms contain equipment, material storage and amenities to support a variety of programs and activities. The project will also result in a more accessible, reconfigured parking lot. The building is designed to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating and will use drought tolerant landscaping around the building and courtyard to cut down on water usage.

“At long last, North Long Beach is getting the community center it deserves. I am thrilled that this new building will serve the needs of over 90,000 North Long Beach residents with space for after school, teen and senior programs,” said Vice Mayor Rex Richardson. “Our community is excited about this new addition and looks forward to the unveiling of the Community Center next year!”

The Departments of Public Works and Parks, Recreation and Marine began the design process for the community center in fall 2014 with numerous community workshops, and a master planning process to assess the necessary programming and community center uses. As a result of this community process, it was decided that the new community center would be built around the current building in phases. The budget for the new building is approximately $7 million, of which $4 million comes from the Measure A fund and the other $3 million comes from previously allocated one-time 2014 City funds.

About Measure A

In 2016, Long Beach voters recognized a pressing need to maintain and enhance public safety services and invest in City infrastructure. Thanks to the passage of Measure A, Fire Engine 8, Paramedic Rescue 12, Police South Division, and Police Academy operations have been restored, enhancing public safety citywide. The City is also making a historic investment in revitalizing heavily utilized public spaces such as streets, libraries, community centers, and parks. Anticipated to raise $384 million over ten years for the City of Long Beach, Measure A is collected as a one percent sales tax for the first six years, and then reduces to half a percent in the four years before it sunsets. For more information, visit:

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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