PRESS RELEASE

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

10/23/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 102319
Subject:
Long Beach Community Planning Month Celebration Culminates with Resource Fair at Whaley Park
Contact:
Rick de la Torre
Community Information Officer
Long Beach Development Services
562.570.7174
Richard.delaTorre@longbeach.gov




The public is invited to join the City of Long Beach at a community resource fair on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Whaley Park (5620 E. Atherton St.) in honor of National Community Planning Month. The family-friendly event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and will feature information about planning, including how to get involved and current planning initiatives. Staff from Building and Safety, Housing and Neighborhood Services and Code Enforcement will be on hand to answer questions. The resource fair also will feature more than 10 City departments as well as a photo booth, food, a DJ, activities for children and giveaways.

“City planners work to make Long Beach a beautiful, safe place to live and work every day,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We hope the community can come out to Whaley Park this Saturday to learn more about what Planning staff and other departments do to support neighborhood and economic development.”

Every October, the American Planning Association celebrates National Community Planning Month to recognize the work of planners and to celebrate the role that planning plays in creating great communities. This year's theme, Planning for Infrastructure that Benefits All, is intended to highlight how well-planned infrastructure projects, such as roadways, housing, and parks strengthen communities, boost the economy, expand opportunity and promote equitable development.

“There are so many benefits the public enjoys thanks to the commitment and expertise of our staff,” said Christopher Koontz, Long Beach Development Services Planning Bureau Manager. “We are an integral part of building a better future for Long Beach while honoring our City’s unique past.”

The City’s Department of Development Services has hosted a series of events throughout October to celebrate National Community Planning Month, including a planning workshop, a planning career panel session and a walk/bike tour.

In addition to the fair, the public is invited to join the National Community Planning Month conversation on social media using #LBPlanningMonth.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Development Services

Serving residents, businesses, and the community at large, the award-winning Long Beach Development Services sets a standard for high-quality, innovative urban planning and livability efforts that create more progressive and sustainable communities within the diverse City of Long Beach, CA. Through a variety of development, code enforcement, housing and neighborhood services, and building activities, the Department builds a better future for the City while also honoring its unique past. For more information, visit www.lbds.info. Like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

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