5620 Atherton St.
Monday - Friday: 2:30 - 5:30pm
This park is adjacent to CSULB, has a sports field, playground equipment, basketball courts, roller hockey practice court, picnic tables and athletic fields. The recreation center offers a variety of classes and its social hall can be rented for your reception, reunion or other social event. Call 570-3111 to inquire about a reservation.
Located on the north and south sides of Atherton Street, the park was donated by L.S. Whaley in March 1950 and named for him. The name was changed in December 1954, from Los Altos Recreation Center to Whaley Park. The community building was dedicated in January 1958. The lighted ballfield was home to the 1959 Pony League National Champions.
The park includes a soccer field, basketball court, tennis court, volleyball court, group picnic area and three playgrounds. The community center and park landscaping renovations occurred in 1992 with funding from the state Park Bond Act of 1988.
In 1993, sports field lighting was replaced and the playgrounds redeveloped with Los Angeles County Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Act of 1992 funds. In 2002, a pre-school aged children's playground was added to the park north of Atherton Avenue with 4th City Council District Council discretionary funds. In 2004, American's with Disabilities Act accessibility improvements were completed with Community Development Bloc Grant funds.
About Lloyd Whaley
Lloyd Whaley was a developer who sold more than 11,000 new homes in Long Beach during the 1940s and '50s. He is also responsible for donating 11 acres for Scherer Park, 12 acres for Whaley Park and five acres for Los Altos Park.
Baseball/Softball Field, Basketball Court, Community Center, Picnic Area, Playground, Volleyball Courts, Restrooms.
Youth Recreation, and Adult Classes.