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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:010719
Public Invited to Attend Drake Park Playground Grand Opening Ceremony
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine

The public is invited to attend a grand opening celebration for the new playground at Drake Park, located at 951 Maine Avenue. The event will take place on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at noon. This is the fifth playground completed of six Measure A-funded playground upgrades. An adventure course guided passport will be provided to all youth in attendance to use to explore the new playground with some exciting superhero characters.

“Long Beach voters made this playground possible with their support of Measure A in 2016,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Measure A is funding repairs and upgrades to Long Beach parks and improvements in public safety that are improving the quality of life for all residents.”

The project included the installation of two new playground structures, one for ages two to five years and another for ages five to 12 years, site furnishings, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements. The playground was designed with a butterfly garden theme, intended to coordinate with native gardens and front yards contributing to the character of the surrounding Wilmore Historic District.

“This new playground is an exciting enhancement to a historic neighborhood park,” said Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez. “I’m looking forward to seeing kids play and explore on this creative, fun, new play equipment.”

The project cost $942,900, which was made possible using $939,000 in Measure A funds and $3,900 in other sources. Measure A (2016) is a Long Beach ballot initiative approved by voters as a 10-year sales tax to fund public infrastructure and public safety services.

For more information about the grand opening, please call 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, 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 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 the quality of life in Long Beach. PRM maintains 171 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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About Public Works

The Long Beach Public Works Department strives to operate, preserve, and enhance the City's physical infrastructure and transportation systems, as well as preserve the upkeep of the cityscape with a robust refuse and recycling service that serves more than 120,000 residential and commercial customers. 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, "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 $435.6 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: