Orizaba Park Will Get Community Center and Garden

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Orizaba Park Community Center expansion

A state grant will fund construction for a new community center in Orizaba Park.

A $2.2 million grant from the State of California Natural Resources Agency will be used fund a community center and community garden at Orizaba Park, located on Orizaba Avenue between Spaulding and 14th Street. The grant was announced by Long Beach officials on Wednesday.

“This is an outstanding project for an outstanding neighborhood,” 4th District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell said. “I am looking forward to the new community building and community garden providing enhanced recreational opportunities and services for the surrounding neighborhoods.“

Councilmember O’Donnell, the RDA and the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine invite the public to a ceremony celebrating the expansion and improvements, and the grant award, at Orizaba Park on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 9 am.

Orizaba Park Expansion

The award is in addition to an earlier $4.9 million investment by the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA) to expand and provide other improvements to Orizaba Park.

Once the 3,000-square-foot community center is constructed, the youth services from the nearby Freeman Youth Center will be moved to the new community center.  The new larger center will allow youth services to be expanded, and adult and senior services to be offered at the park.

Orizaba Park is currently 2.62 acres. The RDA has invested $3.7 million to acquire four blighted industrial properties that will expand the park by 1.1 acres for a total of 3.72 acres. The RDA also provided $1.2 million for improvements, including open turf areas, landscaping, ball courts, a skate park, walking paths and picnic tables that will provide much needed recreational amenities in the area.

The grant funding came from the Statewide park Development and Community Revitalization Program in its first round of awards. For more information about this grant or the Orizaba Park expansion and improvement plans, call Anna Mendiola, Park Development Officer, at 562.570.3165.

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