(LONG BEACH) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) joined city and community leaders Thursday to celebrate the allocation of state budget funds for improvements at Long Beach’s Bixby Park. The 2021-2022 State Budget allocates $850,000 to the City of Long Beach to modernize and expand the park’s amenities including the community center and the bandshell amphitheater area to make the park more accessible for the community. Assemblymember O’Donnell requested this funding to improve recreational opportunities for Long Beach residents.
“As a classroom teacher, I believe parks play a key role in the lives of children by offering a place to play and explore outside. Parks like Bixby provide those important opportunities for fun outdoor activities. I often say a tired kid is a good kid,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell. “We value our children and we value our parks as well. I am proud to have been able to secure this funding in the state budget for such an important local landmark.”
O’Donnell was joined by City of Long Beach leaders during a check presentation ceremony.
“Bixby Park is a great place for families and visitors to enjoy all that Long Beach has to offer, and we are so thankful for Assemblymember O’Donnell’s work to secure significant funding to support its enhancement,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
“This $850,000 for upgrades at Bixby Park will greatly improve our park facilities and better our quality of life,” said District 2 Councilwoman Cindy Allen. “This significant funding will allow us to prioritize projects in our indoor and outdoor spaces to serve many different purposes in our beloved Bixby Park.”
“Community parks like Bixby Park are amazing assets that need investment. We have seen progress made on this fantastic historic city asset over the past few years, but this new infusion of funding coming from the state thanks to Assemblymember O’Donnell will make a huge impact on resident enjoyment of Bixby Park,” said District 3 Councilwoman Suzie Price. “I cannot wait to see these investments made for the amazing improvements we will see, and I know the residents all agree.”
“With Bixby Park being an essential recreational park for the surrounding neighborhood residents and a desirable destination for visitors to Long Beach, these capital improvement resources will be a tremendous benefit to the key facilities of the park,” said Brent Dennis, Director-Parks, City of Long Beach Recreation and Marine Department.