PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

12/29/2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 122915
Subject:
City of Long Beach to Hold Public Input Meetings for Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov





The City of Long Beach is participating in a comprehensive parks and recreation needs assessment being conducted by the County of Los Angeles. The public is encouraged to participate in a community meeting in Long Beach to ensure that the voices of the community are heard regarding priorities for future park development and rehabilitation.

The following meetings are scheduled to gather input about where new parks, recreation facilities, or open spaces areas are most needed; which parks need repair or expansion; and what type of recreation facilities are most needed:

  • January 6, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Veterans Park, 101 E 28th Street
  • January 11, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Miller Family Health Education Center, 3820 Cherry Avenue
  • January 14, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Avenue
  • January 21, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Avenue
  • January 25, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Whaley Park, 5620 Atherton Street


Access to well-maintained parks increases physical activity among children and adults, which is key to good health. Teens who live near parks are 30 percent more likely to get recommended amounts of physical exercise. Physical activity improves general health, prevents obesity and diabetes, reduces the risk of hypertension, reduces the levels of attention deficit in children, improves cognitive ability, and reduces aggressive behavior.

The meeting schedule is available on the City’s Parks, Recreation and Marine Department web site – www.lbparks.org – and on L.A. County’s website – www.LACountyParksNeeds.org – which has a tool where community members can enter their address and be shown the meeting closet to their residence. The County’s website also accepts online feedback for residents who are unable to attend a meeting.

For more information, visit www.LACountyParksNeeds.org or contact Sharon Gates at Sharon.Gates@longbeach.gov or 562.570.3124.