Park Opens at Site of Former Seaside Hospital

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Once an empty lot, Seaside Park will open on Saturday. The new green space will be dedicated with a plaque for former Mayor Beverly O'Neill.

The offices of Mayor Bob Foster, 1st District Long Beach City Councilmember Robert Garcia, the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine invite the public to attend a ceremony for opening of the new Seaside Park on Saturday, February 12 at 11 am. Seaside Park is located at 14th Street and Chestnut Avenue in Long Beach, the site of the former Seaside Hospital.

The event will also feature a special tree planting and dedication ceremony in honor of former Mayor Beverly O’Neill who was born at Seaside Hospital.  Everybody who was born at Seaside Hospital is encouraged to attend the Grand Opening and be recognized for their place in Long Beach history.

“Seaside Park’s namesake has a proud history of service to the Long Beach community. This new park builds on that legacy by providing much needed open space and a place for the community to enjoy throughout the year,” said Mayor Bob Foster.

“This park is a great anchor for all the positive changes happening in this neighborhood,” said Councilmember Robert Garcia. “We are also excited to unveil a special tree and plaque dedicated to former Mayor Beverly O’Neill who was born at the former Seaside Hospital.”

Another special highlight will be commemorative bench dedications to Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe and former Mayor Beverly O’Neill for their roles in assisting with the park’s creation.  The day will also feature children’s activities including arts and crafts, moon bounces, face painting, and a soccer exhibit.

As part of its mission to revitalize neighborhoods and reduce crime, the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA) invested $4.6 million to purchase and tear down a crime ridden, multi-unit apartment complex to make way for Seaside Park. The 2.3-acre park will also provide the community with play equipment, a soccer field and multi-sport game courts.

Seaside Hospital was established in 1907 with 18 beds, at Broadway and Junipero Avenue, and six years later became a 250-bed facility on 14th Street.  The facility served residents injured in the 1933 Long Beach earthquake and was a major blood bank during World War II.  The hospital closed in 1960 and became Long Beach Memorial Medical Center at 2801 Atlantic Ave.

For information on the Seaside Park Grand Opening, contact Gladys Kaiser at 562.570.3150.

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