Veterans Park in Wrigley is home to the newest playground in Long Beach thanks to nearly $1 million investment from Measure A funds and a Cal-Recycle grant. Through the use of the Cal-Recycle grant, 3,634 pounds of recyclable materials were diverted from being deposited at landfills. While Measure A is a Long Beach ballot initiative approved by voters in 2016 as a 10-year sales tax to fund public infrastructure and public safety services.
The project included installation of two new playground structures, a gated one for kids the littles of littles and toddlers, and another for kids five and up, new benches and shade structures, as well as Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements.
The playground was designed with an active youth community in mind and has a “Ninja Warrior-style” fitness challenge theme, intended to encourage healthy outdoor fitness through play. Kids knew exactly what they were going for; while we were at the opening of this park we overheard several kids talk about doing the Ninja Warrior challenge here.
Opening day of the park featured guest appearances by superheroes including Batman, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Spiderman. Spidey was an especially great fit at this park with all the nets and webs to climb everywhere, and he took full advantage of all the climbing opportunities.
It’s been awesome to see so much progress being made on our parks throughout Long Beach this year.
The Trust For Public Land gives Park Scores to the largest cities in the US; Long Beach comes in at 21. The score is based on a number of variables, including accessibility to parks. Here in Long Beach about 81% of our residents live within a 10 minute walk to a park. Not too shabby.
It’s refreshing to see the city committed to enhancing and adding more family-friendly public spaces recently, with more to come. Keep an eye out for the opening of the new playground at Whaley Park in Los Altos in late November.