Public Invited to Opening of New Teen Center at Ernest S. McBride, Sr. Park

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Ernest McBride Park

The Office of Sixth District City Councilmember Dee Andrews, in cooperation with the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, invites the public to attend an opening event for the new Teen Center at Ernest S. McBride, Sr. Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Ave., on Saturday, April 28, at 11 am. The event will feature an open house at the new Teen Center and a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“The new Teen Center at McBride Park is a wonderful addition to the City of Long Beach,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “This Teen Center will provide many positive, productive opportunities for our Long Beach youth.”

The 5,275-square-foot Teen Center features a multi-purpose room, kitchen, game room, lounge, study room and computer room. The project also included the construction of an adjacent mini park with 0.15 acres of park space along the 16th Street side of the park. The opening of the teen center completes the renovations at McBride Park, which also included a popular new Skate Park that opened on February 11, 2012.

“This Teen Center is as a safe place for our youth and I hope that it will serve as second home to them,” said Councilman Dee Andrews. “This facility will help our youth by igniting their creativity and keeping them active. This is a great alternative to gangs because a tired kid is a kid out of trouble.”

Project funders include the former Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, City of Long Beach Open Space Bonds, the State of California, and the Proposition 40 Murray Hayden Grant Program.

For more information about the Teen Center opening event at McBride Park, call 562.570.3150.

For information on other Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine programs, visit www.LBParks.org or call 562.570.3100.

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