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Information below taken from segments of the July 21, 2010 article in The Gazette Newspaper
Committee Forms to Improve Bixby Park Facilities
by Darcy Richardson
The first tree was planted there in 1886. Herbert Hoover spoke from its band shell during the 1928 presidential campaign — and by then, the area was famous for hosting large state picnics. In 1965, the 9,200-square-foot recreation building opened with a social hall, patio, game area and maintenance shop.
Bixby Park, a 16.7-acre park at 130 Cherry Ave., has a long history. However, the most recent renovations to park facilities were in the 1980s and 1990s, according to the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine Web site, www.longbeach.gov/park.
A Bluff Park resident, Claudia Schou, is asking her neighbors to participate in a vision to rehabilitate the park. Last summer, Schou, the mother of a toddler, received city approval to host two weekends of free public theater in the park for children. Schou said this year’s performances during late August will include “Twelfth Night,” courtesy of the Long Beach Shakespeare Company, during the second annual Shakespeare In The Park; and Children’s Popcorn Theater also will return to perform.
The Parks, Recreation & Marine Web site states that in 2005, a large tree limb crushed a part of the historic band shell. The band shell was restored to its original historic design with the removal of added rooms in 2008. In 2000, a beach skate plaza was planned to provide skateboarders with an alternative to skating at the band shell.
For more information and to RSVP for the committee meeting, call Claudia Schou 983-8139.