101 E. 28th St.
Monday - Friday: 12-6p.m.
Park Picnic and Open Space Area Rules
Please observe the following rules and regulations for the use of Long Beach park picnic and open space areas at www.longbeach.gov/globalassets/park/media-library/documents/park-and-facilities/facility-reservations/reservation-forms/picrules.
The original park was to be between Golden and Maine Avenues, Spring and 29th Streets. The site was purchased in 1940 and named Veterans Park. Improvements had started when a legal controversy over ownership of this 8 ½ acre area compelled the City to stop work. Residents decided use the site used for Birney Elementary School. The current site between 28th and Spring Streets was acquired as a park and named Veterans Memorial Park on August 19, 1952.
On April 12, 1956, a development plan was approved by the City Council. The park was completed in April 1958 with the dedication of the community recreation center. The community recreation center contains a large multi-purpose room with a raised stage and hardwood floor, a kitchen and two classrooms. Other amenities include a lighted softball field, a lighted baseball field, a lighted soccer field, four basketball courts, two tennis courts, a volleyball court, a group picnic area, a freestanding restroom and a playground for pre-school and school aged children.
In 1992, the second classroom was added to the community recreation center and the center renovated with funding from the state Parks Bond Act of 1988. The playground equipment was redeveloped in 1995; the field lighting replaced and sports fields renovated in 1996, and the restroom retiled in 1998 with funding from the Los Angeles County Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Act of 1992. American's with Disabilities Act Transition Plan accessibility improvements were completed in 2004 with funding from the Community Development Block Grants.
Basketball Courts, Baseball Field, Community Center, Picnic Areas, Playground, Soccer Field, Tennis Court, Volleyball/Soccer Court, Restrooms, Extended Day Camp, Youth Recreation, Teen Center, Adult Classes, Senior Programs.