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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 080219
Public Invited to Attend Martin Luther King Jr. Park Playground Grand Opening Ceremony
Marilyn Surakus
Project Manager
Public Works

The public is invited to attend a grand opening ceremony for the new playground at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, (1910 Lemon Avenue) at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7.

“Martin Luther King, Jr., Park has tons of amenities, including a pool, a community center and sports fields,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The City has been investing in improving this park to better serve the needs of everyone who uses it, and the new playground is the latest in these efforts. With support from our partners, we are able to give children in midtown Long Beach a great new space to play.”

The project included beautification and revitalization of the playground area and the installation of new and improved playground facilities with enhanced safety elements including rubberized landings. There is a separate tot lot with swings for younger children. Additional features were also included to ensure ADA accessibility and compliance. 

“This new playground will provide another option for healthy outdoor play in the neighborhood,” said Vice Mayor Dee Andrews, who represents the area. “I’m looking forward to seeing kids play on this fun new equipment.”

The project was made possible by grant funding from the California Department of Housing and Community Development and a Healthy Play Initiative Grant from the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS). 

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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