City Celebrates Grand Opening of New Lincoln Park – Long Beach Local News
An official ceremony was held on February 10 to reopen Lincoln Park in downtown Long Beach. Located at Ocean Boulevard and Pacific Avenue, the new park features new facilities for active and passive recreation and, most notably, an iconic 13-foot-tall Lincoln penny.
Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today commemorated the grand opening of the new Lincoln Park, located in the heart of downtown Long Beach at Ocean Boulevard and Pacific Avenue, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Mayor Robert Garcia, First District Councilman Mary Zendejas, Second District Councilman Cindy Allen and other city leaders. After a years-long closure, Lincoln Park is once again open to the downtown community and visitors to Long Beach.
“I am thrilled to see this multi-year project finally complete for our community to enjoy,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “With all of its new features and spaces, Lincoln Park will provide residents and visitors with recreational opportunities for years to come.”
The park is the final public element of the reimagined civic center. After a years-long closure, due to construction of the state-of-the-art Billie Jean King Main Library which opened in 2019 and subsequent construction of the park itself, Lincoln Park is reopening with a variety of new amenities for active and passive recreation including discovery areas for children, fitness equipment, a universally accessible playground for all ages and abilities, an artificial grass sports field, a skate park, a dog park, half a basketball court, grassy areas and – most importantly – an iconic 13-foot-tall Lincoln penny.
“I’m proud to have such a special park here in the First District,” Councilwoman Mary Zendejas said. “Lincoln Park is a testament to the diversity of Long Beach. It houses an accessible playground for all children, regardless of ability to play, and uses inclusive language on all signage throughout the park that reflects our community. »
“It’s parks like this that keep our young people active, engaged and on track,” Councilor Cindy Allen said. “This park is important to our downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, and I know Second District residents will benefit.”
The $19.5 million park installation was primarily funded by a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership. Development of the redesigned park was a close collaboration between the city‘s Public Works and Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) departments, in addition to external partnerships with Clark Construction Group, Plenary Properties, SOM Architects, GGN Landscape Architect and Psomas Construction Management. Since the beginning of the project, Public Works has overseen the financing, construction and project management of the park while PRM has co-led the park’s vision, design and programming, and continues to lead ongoing community engagement and facilitate future partnerships. Park amenities were designed with the foresight to use materials that are durable, easy to maintain, and compatible with those offered at other Long Beach parks.
“We are thrilled to officially open the new Lincoln Park as part of our downtown civic center,” said PRM Director Brent Dennis. “The design of the park allows for a ‘fantastic’ range of passive and active recreation. I know the park will become one of the most popular gathering places for community and special events in the heart of the city.
Feedback from residents and community members also helped shape the new park. Last fall, the City solicited feedback and recommendations from the community on the types of events, programs and activities people would like to experience. The survey, available online and in person, is still open for submissions.
“The Department of Public Works is proud to do its part to help revitalize and reinvent public spaces downtown and throughout the city,” said Director of Public Works Eric Lopez. “I look forward to enjoying the new suite of fun spaces in the new Lincoln Park with my own family and with our downtown residents and visitors.”
The City will continue to engage the local community and develop future partnerships that will help improve the park user experience and continue to forge a connected, inclusive and vibrant downtown for many years to come. The PRM Park Planning and Partnership Bureau works with the local arts and culture community, local businesses, nearby residents, sports groups and the Long Beach Public Library to form a Friends of Lincoln Park Association.
Originally designated as Pacific Park in 1888 and renamed Lincoln Park in 1915 with the installation of the iconic Abraham Lincoln statue, Lincoln Park is the city’s oldest park.
For more information about the City of Long Beach, visit longbeach.gov.