Mayor Garcia and Councilmember Andrews Host Grand Opening Celebration for NAACP Freedom Park Today

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Mayor Robert Garcia and 6th District Councilman Dee Andrews

Mayor Robert Garcia and 6th District Councilman Dee Andrews

Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmember Dee Andrews and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine invite the community to a grand opening celebration for NAACP Freedom Park at 2300 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on today, September 29, at 10:00 am.

“For more than 100 years, the NAACP has worked tirelessly to promote equality and inclusiveness for all Americans,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The NAACP Freedom Park honors the champions of social justice who fought long and hard to ensure that the voices of all Americans would be heard.”

The 2.8-acre park along a bicycle path provides much-needed open space in Central Long Beach, where residents can relax at benches and picnic tables.

“I am extremely proud that NAACP Freedom Park will be the first park in the United States to be named in honor of this extraordinary organization,” said Councilmember Andrews. “In Long Beach, and across the United States, the NAACP has helped to make positive change in education and economic development, and has stood for freedom and justice for all.”

The NAACP Freedom Park is part of the Pacific Electric Right of Way that the City of Long Beach acquired in 2008 and opened as a park in 2012.

In October 2014, Councilmember Andrews requested that the Mayor and City Council refer a request to recommend a name for the park to the Parks and Recreation Commission. The Commission forwarded the recommendation to the Long Beach Housing and Neighborhood Committee. On December 16 the City Council voted to approve the Committee’s recommendation to name the area “NAACP Freedom Park.”

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization. Its mission is “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.”

For more information about the grand opening of the NAACP Freedom Park, call 562.570.3150.

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