06/30/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/30/2020 16:57
Long Beach, CA-Today, via livestream, the City of Long Beach unveiled the Houghton Park Community Center (6301 Myrtle Avenue).
'Our brand new community center at Houghton Park was made possible in part by Measure A,' said Mayor Robert Garcia 'Quality community spaces like this are important to kids and families and I'm proud of our city for delivering a LEED certified building to North Long Beach.'
The expanded Community Center will connect to the existing community center via a breezeway and will surround the historic 1930's portion of the building. It features two large multipurpose rooms, which are flexible in function. There also will be a teen center, computer lab and weight room.
'The opening of the new Houghton Park Community Center is a testament to years of community planning and advocacy here in Uptown,' said Councilmember Rex Richardson. 'Our community is now home to the city's newest and largest community center at the site of an important historic landmark. I look forward to celebrating with our neighbors once we can fully open it for public use.'
The Community Center design was built with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind, earning a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating. Drought-tolerant landscaping around the building and courtyard cuts down on water usage, and polycarbonate panels bring natural daylight into multipurpose rooms and reduces energy costs.
Parking lot accessibility has been improved with the addition of Electric Vehicle (EV) parking, reconfigured school bus loading and unloading zones and additional bicycle parking to accommodate various transportation methods.
The Public Works Department started construction on the new 6,450-square-foot building in March 2018. The project is made possible by a $5,741,896 fund from Measure Aand $4,482,612 from other funding sources, including FY14 one-time funds.
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 170 parks with 26 community centers, 3,125.35 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.
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, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.