PRESS RELEASE

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

10/18/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM101817B
Subject:
Long Beach Unveils Rendering of New Houghton Park Community Center
Contact:
Jennifer Carey
Department of Public Works
562.570.6522
Jennifer.Carey@longbeach.gov






Today, the City of Long Beach unveiled a rendering of the new Houghton Park Community Center. The new facility will be an addition to the existing community center that was built as a series of connected buildings in the 1930’s and 1980’s.

“After almost 100 years, Houghton Park is finally getting the community center it deserves,” said Vice Mayor Rex Richardson. “The building will set a new standard for design, complementing our new Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library and Fire Station 12, and will serve as a central gathering place for our community for many years to come.” 

The new Community Center will:

  • House two large multipurpose rooms and a central area for restrooms and reception.
  • Include the addition of two park-facing public restrooms that will provide park goers with restroom access without having to go inside the building.
  • Incorporate Electric Vehicle (EV) parking, school bus loading and unloading zones, and additional bicycle parking to accommodate various transportation methods.

The design for the Community Center was done with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind, earning the building a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating. Drought tolerant landscaping will be used around the building and courtyard to cut down on water usage, and polycarbonate panels were included to bring natural daylight into multipurpose rooms and reduce energy costs.

The new 6,450-square-foot building is made possible by a $4,000,000 fund from Measure A and $3,000,000 from FY 14 one-time funds. The building is expected to break ground in early 2018.

About Public Works

The Long Beach Public Works Department strives to operate, preserve, and enhance the City's physical infrastructure and transportation systems. The Department provides a variety of community services including the repair, rehabilitation and general upkeep of City streets, trees, sidewalks, and City structures. Public Works also provides emergency support services throughout the City. Visit us at http://www.longbeach.gov/pw/, "Like" us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

About Measure A
In 2016, Long Beach voters recognized a pressing need to maintain and enhance public safety services and invest in City infrastructure. Thanks to the passage of Measure A, Fire Engine 8, Paramedic Rescue 12, Police South Division, and Police Academy operations have been restored, enhancing public safety citywide. The City is also making a historic investment in revitalizing heavily utilized public spaces such as streets, libraries, community centers, and parks. Anticipated to raise $384 million over ten years for the City of Long Beach, Measure A is collected as a one percent sales tax for the first six years, and then reduces to half a percent in the four years before it sunsets. For more information, visit: www.longbeach.gov/MeasureA