PRESS RELEASE

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

3/18/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 031821
Subject:
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to Extend Free, Low-Cost Youth Programs Through June 18
Registration Starts Friday, March 26
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov
Community Information Officer
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine




Long Beach, CA - Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) will offer more sessions beginning April 12 through June 18 for four important programs that safely engage youth, including the Mobile Recess Program, After School Camps, Community Learning Hubs and the Virtual After School Program. Registration for these free and low-cost sessions begins on Friday, March 26.

Mobile Recess Program
The free Mobile Recess Program will continue to be offered through June 18.

PRM staff will drive trucks loaded with supplies and equipment to designated neighborhood streets and provide activities for youth ages 5 through 14 (Grades K-8). The streets will be blocked off for safety. Activities include physical fitness and arts and crafts. Space is limited and advance sign-ups are required. All sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration for these new sessions begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 26, in person at the sites or via longbeach.gov/park. For more information, people may call 562.570.3226. The locations and schedules for the extended Mobile Recess Program are as follows: 

Mondays & Wednesdays Sites (3 to 5 p.m.)

  • Hellman Street between Orange Avenue and Cerritos Avenue
  • 11th Street between Dawson Avenue and St. Louis Avenue
  • 67th Way between Orcutt Avenue and Muriel Avenue

Tuesdays & Thursdays Sites (3 to 5 p.m.)

  • 17th Street between Henderson Avenue and Chestnut Avenue
  • 8th Street between Gladys Avenue and Freeman Avenue
  • Jackson Street between Orange Avenue and Walnut Avenue

Friday Sites (3 to 5 p.m.)

  • 23rd Street between Cedar Avenue and Chestnut Avenue
  • Parade Street between Harbor Avenue and Fashion Avenue 
  • Burton Way Chace Park in the park space

After School Camps
Camps for children ages 5 to 12 will continue weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. through June 18. Campers can enjoy fun new games that follow COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The camps will take place at the following parks:

  • Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave.
  • Cesar E. Chavez Park, 401 Golden Ave.
  • College Estates Park, 808 Stevely Ave.
  • Coolidge Park, 352 E. Neece St.
  • Drake Park, 951 Maine Ave.
  • El Dorado Park West, 2800 N. Studebaker Rd.
  • Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave.
  • MacArthur Park, 1321 E. Anaheim St.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave.
  • McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
  • Orizaba Park, 1435 Orizaba Ave.
  • Pan American Park, 5157 E. Centralia St.
  • Ramona Park, 3301 E. 65th St.
  • Scherer Park, 4600 Long Beach Blvd.
  • Silverado Park, 1545 W. 31st St.
  • Somerset Park, 1500 E. Carson St.
  • Stearns Champions Park 4520 E. 23rd St.
  • Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St.
  • Wardlow Park, 3457 Stanbridge Ave.
  • Whaley Park, 5620 E. Atherton St.

Online registration for After School Camps begins at 10 a.m. on March 26. In-person registration will be available between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon on March 26 at the following sites:

  • Parks, Recreation and Marine Administrative Office, 2760 N. Studebaker Rd.
  • Pan American Park, 5157 E. Centralia St.
  • King Park Pool, 1910 Lemon Ave.
  • Belmont Plaza Pool, 4320 E. Olympic Plaza

For in-person registration after March 26, please call 562.570.3150 to make an appointment. The weekly cost for this program is $10 per person. Financial assistance is available on a first-come, first served basis.

Community Learning Hubs 
The Community Learning Hub Program will continue to offer free sessions through June 18 for distance learning and after-school activities for kindergarten to eighth grade Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) students.

The free Community Learning Hubs will provide a safe space with high-speed internet for students to complete distance learning assignments during the school day. Youth will also have the option to participate in safe and enriching after-school activities, including academic support, sports, fitness and more. 

The Community Learning Hubs will be available weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 18, except Spring Break (April 5-9), at the following locations:

  • Ernest McBride Park & Cal Rec. Community Center, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
  • Houghton Park, 6301 Myrtle Ave.
  • Orizaba Park, 1435 Orizaba Ave.
  • Veterans Park, 101 E. 28th St.

COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be implemented at all learning hub locations, and participants will be required to wear face coverings and adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Participants must bring their own electronic device and lunch.

Online registration begins at 10 a.m. on March 26. In-person registration begins on March 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at each of the camp locations listed above. 

In-person program COVID-19 safety protocols include:

  • Limiting the number of participants at each event
  • Maintaining no larger than 12:1 participant-to-staff ratio
  • Implementing physical distancing protocols including check-in and check-out
  • Cleaning and sanitizing all high-touch areas frequently
  • Requiring face coverings for participants and staff

Virtual After School Program 
The Virtual After School Program will continue weekdays from 2:30 to 6 p.m. through June 18.

This free program will continue to enhance the virtual recreation experience with many engaging and fun activities plus academic enrichment activities to supplement the virtual learning environment offered by LBUSD. 

The Virtual After School Program will offer kids ages 5 to 14 activities that can be experienced from the comfort of home including live meets with recreation staff, academic support, dance, art, trivia and much more each day.   

Registration opens on Friday, March 26, at 8 a.m.

  1. Visit longbeach.gov/parks
  2.  Find the Virtual After School Program registration link
  3. Fill out the registration form 
  4. Wait for your welcome email!

In-person registration will be available on March 26 at Heartwell Park, 5801 E. Parkcrest St., from 2 to 6 p.m. 

For additional information about these programs and other activities for youth, visit longbeach.gov/parks or call 562.570.3150. 

Media inquiries can be directed to Jane Grobaty, Community Information Officer, 562.570.3233, Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov.