Community Invited to “Play in the Bay”

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The community is invited to celebrate a new, permanent, measured open water buoy line in Alamitos Bay that is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States. The free “Play in the Bay” celebration will be held on Sunday, June 26, at 2:00 pm at the Bay Shore Swimming Pier, near the Leeway Sailing Center. New water quality signage and swim ladders will be unveiled, and all three “Swimability” improvements will be available for use.

“Long Beach attracts some of the top athletes in the world who are looking to train for triathlons and other events,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The new Bay Shore Buoy Line will help experienced competitors train, and also provide casual swimmers the chance to better their best.”

These “Swimability” investments reaffirm the City’s commitment to making Long Beach the best place to live, work, and play. Long Beach will continue to promote its overall “Livability” initiatives, which also include “Bikeability” and “Walkability,” to promote healthy active lifestyles so all residents and visitors can experience an increased quality of life.

“The City has invested immensely in cleaning up our bays and marinas, and now it’s time to promote our fantastic water quality and encourage people from all over to come and enjoy the endless recreational opportunities our waters provide,” said Councilwoman Suzie Price.

Long Beach resident Lynne Cox, who swam across the Bering Strait in 1987, and twice held the overall record for the fastest crossing of the English Channel, will attend the ceremony.

The 500-yard Bay Shore Buoy Line features marked buoys at every 100 yards, starting at the Bay Shore North Restrooms near Second Street and ending slightly east of the Bay Shore Swimming Pier.

Long Beach has seen sustained improvements in water quality over the past five years, according to Heal the Bay, and the new signs will provide current information about water quality in the Bay, to encourage more activity. They also will advise people to avoid the water within three days of rainfall, and display the current water temperature. The signs will be installed in five locations: Colorado Lagoon, Mother’s Beach, Bay Shore North Restrooms (across from the Bay Shore Neighborhood Library), Bay Shore South (near the Bay Shore Swimming Pier), and the Kite Beach parking lot on Ocean Boulevard and Claremont Place.

Fifteen new swim ladders on public docks will increase safety and help swimmers get in and out of the water at popular Alamitos Bay. The swim ladders are located throughout the Bay, including Alamitos Bay Landing, the northeast corner of Naples Island, Mother’s Beach, Davies Launch Ramp, and the Bay Shore Swimming Pier.

A bicycle valet will be provided for the Play in the Bay event. RSVPs are encouraged at http://play-in-the-bay.eventbrite.com.

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