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Mayor Bob Foster, the Office of Councilmember Patrick O'Donnell and the Departments of Parks, Recreation and Marine and Public Works invite the public to a groundbreaking event for Orizaba Park Community Center on Wednesday, June 12 at 1 pm. Orizaba Park is located at Orizaba Avenue and Spaulding Street.
“Orizaba Park just keeps on getting better and better,” Mayor Foster said. “Less than one year ago we expanded the size of this park, and today we’re starting to build a new Community Center."
The 3,000-square-foot community center will provide space for after-school programs and community meetings and events. A digital training academy will provide workforce training in visual art and motion picture development skills; youth can learn how to create high-definition movies, design web pages and make fliers, banners, newsletters, magazines, T-shirts, billboards, and other visual projects.
“A tired kid is a good kid, and this new Community Center will keep our kids busy and out of trouble after school,” said Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, who represents the 4th District. “The Community Center and its programs will also help bring the community together.”
To reflect the history of the location as a stop on the former Pacific Electric Right of Way, the Community Center will be reminiscent of a train depot with its long shape and architecture. The new building has been designed to achieve a LEED Gold certification and will reduce water and electricity consumption by more than 30 percent. The building will be constructed with $2.2 million in State of California Proposition 84 grant funds.
The new community center will complete the second phase of the park's renovation. In November 2012, an expansion of the park opened. The former Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA) invested $3.7 million to acquire four adjacent blighted industrial properties to add 1.1 acres to the park's 2.62 acres, and create a total of 3.72 acres of open space to expand the park. The expansion included new open turf areas, landscaping, basketball courts, a skate park, walking paths and picnic tables.
For more information on the Orizaba Park Community Center Groundbreaking event, call 562.570.3150.
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