PRESS RELEASE

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

11/9/2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 11092021
Subject:
Long Beach Dedicates Chittick Field Sports Complex to Former Vice Mayor and Councilman Dee Andrews
Public invited to naming ceremony on Saturday, November 20
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov




Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) is hosting a dedication ceremony for the Dee Andrews Sports Complex at Chittick Field, naming the facility at 1900 Walnut Avenue after the former Vice Mayor and Sixth District Councilman. The public naming and sign unveiling will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 20.

“Dee Andrews served as a dedicated member of City Council for more than 13 years and has been one of our longest serving members on the council, including serving two years as our Vice Mayor,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “During that time, he was a mentor to many and used his passion for serving his constituents and his love of sports and education to make a lasting impact on the entire community.” 

Following an item brought forth by Councilmember Al Austin, seconded by Councilwoman Stacy Flanigan Mungo, and unanimously approved by the entire City Council on August 10, 2021, the naming of the sports complex at Chittick Field recognizes the important contributions to improving the lives of residents in Central Long Beach made possible by Mr. Andrews.

Mr. Andrews, a public school teacher who was first elected to the Long Beach City Council in 2007 and served through 2020, grew up playing sports at Chittick Field — then known as Hamilton Bowl — and was a star football player at Poly High School, Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach. 

“One of Vice Mayor Andrews’ signature accomplishments on the City Council was securing the funding and overseeing the completion of a remodeled Sports Complex at Chittick Field,” said Councilman Al Austin II. “From his days as a Poly High School athletics legend playing at what was then known as Hamilton Bowl, to his dedication and service for years to the residents of Central Long Beach, this dedication is a great way to honor his contributions to sports and the community.”

A major achievement during Mr. Andrews’ time on the City Council was his role in securing the funding and overseeing the completion of the remodeled Chittick Field. The $9.9 million, 19-acre complex was opened in 2014, featuring a new football field, three soccer fields and a 400-meter all-weather track. The project included new parking, lighting, restrooms, a bike path, a new pump station and storm water accommodations.

“Mr. Andrews led the effort to transform Chittick Field from its dilapidated ‘dust bowl’ to now-modern sports complex. The naming in his honor is deserving due to his over 12 years of contribution and service to the Sixth District and the City of Long Beach,” said current Sixth District Councilwoman Suely Saro.

For more information regarding the event, please visit www.LBParks.org or call the office of Community Recreation Services at 562.570.3150.

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 and Human Services; Parks, Recreation and Marine; Development Services; Public Works and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, 12 libraries, five golf courses, 169 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine
Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, having received the National Parks and Recreation Association Gold Medal Award four times. PRM provides leisure programs and services to residents and visitors, which improve quality of life in Long Beach. PRM maintains 169 parks with 26 community centers, 320 acres of open space, and 6.1 miles of beaches; implements the City's Open Space Plan, provides recreational opportunities to meet diverse community needs, maintains public marinas, and provides for public safety and the humane treatment of animals.

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