8 By 28Release Date: 2018-01-16
Today I'm announcing a new initiative, 8 by 28, focused on completing 8 critical projects in Long Beach for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics and Paralympics. We are taking a cue from Mayor Eric Garcetti’s 28 by 2028 initiative for LA County Metro.
Long Beach has a proud Olympic history. We need to start planning today to ensure our city is ready when visitors from across the world visit our beaches and our sports facilities. We also need to ensure our transit and transportation options are ready for primetime.
Long Beach will play a significant role in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. Our City has been awarded key events including Water Polo, Open Water Swimming, the Triathlon, Handball, Sailing, and BMX Racing. The Long Beach Sports Park will be the second largest sports park outside of Downtown Los Angeles. The events in Long Beach are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to our city and millions of viewers from around the world. As we look ahead to these games, we must immediately begin planning and preparing for infrastructure needs and investments.
Together with Councilmembers Lena Gonzalez, Jeannine Pearce, Suzie Price, and Stacy Mungo, we have submitted an item for the February 6th City Council agenda to adopt an 8 by 2028 plan.
The council item requests the City Manager and staff prepare an 8 by 28 plan, a needs assessment and project timeline for the eight projects; and to prioritize and brand these projects as Olympic priority developments for future funding opportunities.
The 8 by 28 projects are:
• Belmont/Veterans Pier Rebuild - project will be rebuilt as the centerpiece and viewing center for sailing.
• Belmont Pool - new Belmont Pool would showcase Olympic history and is expected to be widely used for city exhibitions and events.
• Lifeguard Towers – rebuild and construct new lifeguard towers across the Long Beach coast to ensure safety and beach accessibility.
• Beach Concession Stands - reconstruction of three beach concession areas for use by visitors and residents traveling between Pier and Downtown events.
• Arena Rebuild – refurbishment and needed investment of the structure to improve functionality for handball events.
• Convention Center Hotel - construction of new Pine & Ocean Convention Center hotel that would provide needed rooms for Olympic events.
• Airport Improvements - completion of Airport improvements including reconstruction of rental car area, baggage claim, and amenities for Olympic travelers.
• Metro Blue Line Improvements - infrastructure improvements along the Metro Blue Line to ensure connection between other sports parks across LA County.
These projects will better prepare Long Beach for Olympic events, but will also continue to build on Long Beach’s role as a destination to live, work and visit.