Workshops Set For The Re-imagining of Bixby Park

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Councilmember Suja Lowenthal and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine announced dates and times for three workshops where participants will re-imagine Bixby Park, its community center and playground. Starting on March 29th, 9:00 am at the Bixby Park Community Center, attendees will work with architects and Parks staff to update the existing park master plan, redesign the playground and prioritize over $1.2 million in one-time funding set aside for high priority park and playground projects. After generating ideas at the first workshop, participants will develop those ideas further in the second and third workshops.

“Bixby Park is a local and regional gem, but it’s been 18 years since the playground had a makeover and nearly that long since the master plan was updated”, said Lowenthal. “This is an incredible opportunity for residents to share their ideas and priorities for Bixby Park and have an impact on future project funding.” Lowenthal went on to say, “It’s rare outside of voter approved park bonds to have more than $1 million in capital funding for an existing park like Bixby, so it’s imperative that we get broad community input.”

Whether residents attend or not, they can lend their voice by taking the park survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/BixbyParkUpdate.

Funding for the master plan update, playground design and priority capital improvements is coming from one-time Uplands Oil funds set aside by City Council and Management for Fiscal Year 2014. One million ($1 million) was set aside for Bixby Park and $230,000 was set aside for playground improvements in each Council District.

Melendrez Landscape Architecture, Planning and Urban Design will be facilitating the workshops with support from Parks, Recreation & Marine, Public Works and the Second Council District.

Bixby Park Workshops Dates and Times:

  • Workshop #1: Saturday, March 29th 9:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Workshop #2: Saturday, April 12th 9:00 am to 11:00 am
  • Workshop #3: Saturday, May 3rd 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

All workshops will be held at Bixby Park Community Center, 130 Cherry Ave Long Beach, CA 90802.

A park master plan for Bixby Park was developed in 1991 and updated in 1998. The playground was renovated around 1996 with new equipment that meets federal Americans with Disabilities Act changed requirements for accessibility, and playground safety. In 1998 the L.A. County Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Act of 1992 funded a shade shelter.

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