Residents Invited to Promenade Square Park Playground Planning Workshop
2014-09-02 · By Editor
Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal invites residents to join the Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine, the Promenade Area Residents Association and Council District 2 for a playground planning workshop to discuss the location, size and elements of a small children’s playground space in Promenade Square Park in Downtown Long Beach.
The Promenade Square Park Playground Workshop is Wednesday, September 10th from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at 133 Promenade Walk North – Community Room Long Beach, CA 90802.
The 2nd and 3rd workshops will be held at the same location and time on Thursday, September 18th and Thursday, October 2nd.
Following initial input from residents and the results of an online survey of area stakeholders , the Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine is facilitating 3 mini workshops to reach consensus on a playground theme and conceptual design that residents can use for planning and fundraising. Funding for the playground has not yet been identified. The survey lasted from June 17 to July 31, 2014, and consisted of 7 basic questions. The most basic question posed to respondents was whether a children’s playground should be included at Promenade Square Park? Of the 450 respondents, 85% supported the addition of a children’s playground. Other questions posed to stakeholders included the age group a playground should be designed for, type of playground design (i.e. child development, nature play, fitness, imagination) and the type of elements that should be included at the playground. To view the survey, please go to www.longbeach.gov/district2/.
Promenade Square Park opened on July 24, 2010, completing construction of the mid-block portion of the promenade that included residential units, Long Beach Transit Mall and the Bikestation. As part of a larger Redevelopment Agency project that completely redeveloped the original promenade and outdoor amphitheater, Promenade Square became the working project name during construction and was adopted thereafter by city staff and residents. With the demise of Redevelopment, Promenade Square was handed over to the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. As part of the City’s Administrative Regulations for naming public land, Parks, Recreation and Marine staff recommended that a name be formally adopted by the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Housing and Neighborhoods Committee. It accordance with those regulations, “Promenade Square Park” was officially adopted in the summer of 2013 as a reflection of this geographic and historic feature of Downtown Long Beach.
Promenade Square Park is 28,525 sq. ft. of park space in Downtown with a stage/performance area, a water feature and an adjacent aerial plaza public art sculpture by Carl Cheng. It has become a hub for downtown social events hosting music performances, movie nights and Promenade Area Residential Association activities.