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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 071619
Public Invited to Attend Stearns Champions Park Community Center Grand Re-Opening Ceremony
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Parks, Recreation and Marine

The public is invited to attend a grand re-opening celebration for the Stearns Champions Park Community Center, located at 4520 E. 23rd Street. The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 20.

The community center was closed for use after evidence of dry rot and termite damage was discovered in the roof of the 43-year-old, 5,667 square foot building. The repair project included installing a new roof support system with a waterproof membrane and insulation, asbestos abatement and measures to enhance ADA compliance and energy efficiency.

“By repairing the community center roof at Stearns Champions Park we are now able to provide an even safer experience for our community, including our young day campers.” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Measure A-funded projects, like this one, continue to improve the quality of life for residents throughout the city.”

The $1,401,058 project was supported by a combination of funding sources, with the majority of funds coming from Measure A. Other funding came from a Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District Grant, General Capital Project Funds and from Fourth Council District one-time infrastructure funds.

“Stearns Champions Park is one of the busiest parks in the City,” said Fourth District Councilman Daryl Supernaw, who represents the area. “The stability of this community center is vital for the youth programs and adaptive recreation classes held year-round, and for summer programs like Creative Arts Day Camp, Summer Fun Days and the Summer Food Service Program, which serve hundreds of youth each week.”

For more information about the grand opening event, residents can call 562.570.3150.

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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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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 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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