Long Beach’s Fifth New Playground of 2018 Opens at Whaley Park

Whaley Park near Atherton and Bellflower in Los Altos is home to the newest playground in Long Beach. In a year of seeming non-stop new playground openings, Whaley Park playground is the fifth major playground renovation of 2018 (and the fourth Measure A-funded one) following new play structures at Jackson Park, Los Cerritos ParkC, David Molina Park, and Veterans Park. December will welcome the final new playground of 2018 at Drake Park. Look forward to at least one more Measure A playground in 2019 with more upgrades to be announced.

The Whaley Park playground has a colorful science and arts theme with rainbow suncatchers topping many of the structures and a “sound garden” instrument space.

“This playground is another example of the repairs and upgrades to Long Beach parks and improvements in public safety that are underway and made possible by Long Beach residents and their support of Measure A,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

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Some playgrounds are for sliders and some are for climbers, Whaley Park is a climb-loving kid’s paradise. There are at least a dozen different climbing structures from nets to cables to rock walls to good old fashioned climbing structures. It’s a good thing too, playground activities like climbing help build gross and motor skills, enhancing the vestibular system, perceptual motor skills such as body awareness, spatial awareness and directional awareness, and sharpening visual perception skills.

You’ll also find a sandbox complete with digging equipment, an enclosed toddler play structure, and accessible and tandem swings. Parking is pretty easy here for the most part with two parking lots available. We’re betting this will quickly become one of the more popular parks in the city though, so keep in mind it may get a bit crowded, especially over the next few months.

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