About Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (LBPRM) serves a diverse community of over 462,000 residents. Programs and services are offered at 162 parks with 26 community centers, two historic sites, two major tennis centers, one of the busiest municipal golf systems in the country with five courses, the Long Beach Animal Care Services Bureau, the largest municipally operated marina system in the nation with 3,677 boat slips, and six miles of beaches. More than 3,100 acres within the City's 50 square miles are developed for recreation.
The Department offers recreation programs from arts and cultural, sports and fitness, and enrichment subjects for all ages from pre-school to senior citizen. More than 2800 recreational and educational classes are offered each year.
The Department is a three-time recipient of the National Parks and Recreation Society's "Gold Medal" award for outstanding management practices and programs.
Contact Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine, for more information:
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine
2760 Studebaker Road
Long Beach, CA 90815-1697
Phone (562) 570-3111 FAX (562) 570-3109
Long Beach Animal Care Services Bureau
LBPRM's Animal Care Services Bureau operates at a state-of-the-art companion
animal care facility, the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village that was funded
through a partnership with the spcaLA in 2001. The City has a 55-year agreement
with spcaLA to share operating and maintenance of the $10 million facility-one of the
most unique in the State of California for its design, programming, and partnership
between private non-profit and public organizations. This environment has
increased the live release rate for shelter animals in Long Beach to an all time high
in 2012. With over 225,000 domestic pets in Long Beach households, LBPRM's Animal
Care Services incorporates programs for people and animals including low cost pet
clinics, adoption events, dog training and six dog parks
Long Beach Marine Bureau
With 3,600 boat slips, LBPRM operates the nation's largest municipal marina, and an
economic asset that employs over 100 staff and generates $19 million in slip revenue
annually. Since 2007, 60 percent of marinas slips have been rebuilt at a cost of $75
million, and the remaining 40 percent will be rebuilt with another $55 million, with no
public financing. Located adjacent to the City's downtown waterfront and prestigious
Alamitos Bay, the marinas enhance the economic value of these areas. The marinas
generate over $52 million in direct and indirect spending to
support the local economy. Visit www.longbeach.gov/park/marine/default.asp
LBPRM manages over 172 acres of estuaries within the City's built-out 50 square miles. The
26-acre DeForest Park Nature Trail winds through riparian forest, woodlands, and wetlands.
El Dorado Nature Center has over 100 acres of natural habitats are maintained within its 400
acres. The 9.27-acre Golden Shores Marine Biological Preserve was created as mitigation
for wetlands used in a Port of Long Beach expansion and is a sanctuary for birds and
aquatic life. The 3.17-acre Jack Dunster Marine Biological Preserve has 1.5 land acres and 1.2
shallow water acres that are habitat for fish and wildlife. The 27.5-acre Colorado Lagoon is
approximately half land area and half open salt-water area. The 6.06-acre Sims Pond is a
marsh at the busy intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Loynes Drive.
El Dorado Nature Center programs connect all ages with wildlife in the midst of a busy urban
environment. Parent and me pre-school programs, youth science workshops; and yoga, gardening
and art classes for adults are offered in a natural setting. Naturalist-led walks, turtle shows,
summer concerts and Audubon Society programs appeal to families. Residents becomes stewards
of their Nature Center, beaches and wetlands by participating in clean-up events.
The Department offers recreation programs for all ages from the newborns in "Baby Dance"
classes to senior citizens competing in the annual Southland Senior Olympics. More than 600
recreational and educational classes are offered every quarter.
Youth programs help youth to stay healthy and develop the confidence and skills to succeed
athletically, academically and socially, and include supervised park and school playground sites.
Recreation Leaders conduct games, sports, crafts and other fun activities for youth during after
LBPRM partners with Long Beach Unified School District to serve over 200,000 youth annually at
staff-run Winners Reaching Amazing Potential recreation programs at eight school campuses,
and supervises 26 parks during after school hours.
Youth sports for ages 5 to 18 are offered every quarter including free basketball, indoor soccer, softball,
volleyball, and flag football. The Bayshore Roller hockey and in-line skating courts offer leagues, clinics
and tournaments for youth and adults.
Youth day camps are offered during school vacation periods and feature sports, crafts, excursions,
aquatics, and nature activities.
LBPRM and Long Beach Unified School District jointly provide after school programs in eight schools that
lack nearby parks. LBPRM fields are used by schools, and school gymnasiums are used by LBPRM. A
gymnasium and lighted fields are jointly maintained for students and residents.
Teen Centers are open in parks near five City High Schools. Game room fun, excursions,
homework help, dances, computers, and career development activities are offered.
Hundreds of residents participate in sports and aquatics programs. Adult sports leagues involve
hundreds of teams in mens, womens and coed football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball and
Golf and tennis enthusiasts enjoy play on five public golf courses, and 69 tennis centers and courts
located throughout the City. The Department oversees one of the world's busiest municipal golf system.
Six skate parks serve skateboarders and rollerbladers.
Belmont Plaza Outdoor Pool, Silverado Park Pool, King Park Pool, and Millikan High School
Pools in the summer, offer swim lessons. The Leeway Sailing and Aquatics Center offers
classes in all types of water craft operation. School break aquatics camps for youth and
teens are offered. The Department has five launch ramps for boaters to access the ocean.
Senior Citizens access social services and recreation programs at Long Beach Senior Center,
Chavez, El Dorado, McBride, Silverado and Bixby Parks. Knowledgeable staff and volunteers
assist patrons with utility tax exemptions; and an Information and Referral service answers
questions about legal matters, social and health services.
Adaptive recreation programs are offered for pre-school, youth, and adults including
opportunities to develop music and art abilities, improve fitness levels and sports skills, and
enjoy social interaction in the community.
The Homeland Cultural Center provides a safe place for more than 2,800 people each month
to practice traditional and contemporary art forms that represent their cultures. Programs
include dancing, writing and theater programs, open mic nights and poetry readings; most are
done in partnership with community arts organizations and are offered seven days a week and later
in the evening so young people have a fun alternative to being on the streets.
Partnerships and Citizen Involvement
LBPRM operates transparently and gains insight from citizen advisory commissions that advise LBPRM
and the Mayor and City Council. The Parks and Recreation Commission makes recommendations about
land acquisitions, park improvements, permits for leisure activities in parks, and establishes fees for
programs and facility use. The Commission on Youth and Children reviews the City's legislative
agenda for youth and children issues. The Marine Advisory Commission formulates policies regarding
City marinas, beaches and waterways. The Senior Advisory Commission facilitates coordination between
programs for the elderly. The Golf Advisory Committee reviews golf policies, fee changes; capital
improvement plans, and appraises LBPRM of trends and issues in the
golf business. Visit http://www.longbeach.gov/park/commissions/default.asp
The non-profit Partners of Parks (POP) formed in 1985 to raise money for local recreational facilities,
open space, programs and services. Over their 28 years, dozens of recreation programs have been
enhanced, and in some cases have survived during years of budget reductions, with the financial
support of POP. Community festivals, free movie and concert programs, holiday lighting programs,
youth sports leagues, senior citizen programs, El Dorado Nature Center programs and a fee-based
class and day camp scholarship program for low income youth are examples. POP has been a big
supporter of Universally Accessible Playground development and Dedicate-a-Tree and Dedicate-a-Bench
programs. Visit www.partnersofparks.org
The Long Beach Airport has been a major sponsor of LBPRM's annual Long Beach Sea Festival, a
summer long series of aquatic and cultural events that connect citizens to their shoreline. The
Airport has also supported the 104-year old Long Beach Municipal Band with advertising and sponsorship.
The Port of Long Beach (POLB) has ensured the success of recreational activities, and
environmental education and volunteer programs in the City's coastal regions. They are also a
major sponsor of the Long Beach Sea Festival and Long Beach Municipal Band. Through its
"Green Port" initative, POLB has planted trees to lessen the impact of any air pollution from their
operation. POLB funded the downtown Chavez Park community center in 2001 to mitigate the loss of
recreational facilities at a former naval base.
The Occidental Petroleum Corporation recently donated $1 million to help fund improvements to
Chittick Field, a degraded sports field complex that will become a new sports park with soccer
fields, a football field, a track, restrooms and parking. The donation is being managed by Partners
In 2012 Long Beach's two historic sites completed major renovations entirely with $4.6 million in funds
raised by the Rancho Los Cerritos Foundation and Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation through
grants and private fundraising. Rancho Los Alamitos restored gardens and an adobe ranch
house, and built an education center as an extension to their historic barn. Rancho Los
Cerritos built a visitor center and parking lot and restored an arroyo with California native
plants and a walking trail. Both projects improved historical interpretation to educate visitors
about the City's history. Visit www.rancholoscerritos.org and www.rancholosalamitos.com
El Dorado Nature Center's "1st Saturday Stewards" clean streams and trails. LBPRM preserves
the health of beaches and wetlands by recruiting volunteers for organized cleanups.
Organizations can "Adopt-a-Beach," and care for a section of beach throughout the year.
Animal Care Services partners with private organizations and veterinarians to maximize resources.
The non-profit Found Animals Foundation offset adoption costs for a "9 Lives for $9" promotion for
the adoption of cats older than nine months for $9 including spay or neuter, microchip and
vaccinations; and the "Twelve Pets of Christmas" promoted adoption for 12 "hard to
place" animals such as older or disabled animals. The promotions increased adoptions 300%
over the same time period the previous year. Visit www.longbeach.gov/acs.
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
Strategic Plan Executive Summary
Open Space Plan