Orizaba Park Long Beach


June 18, 2013 – Elected officials, staff and members of the community celebrated the June 12 groundbreaking for the new Orizaba Park Community Center, located in the city’s 4th Council District. While the park has seen an expansion and upgrade of its facilities – including a skate park, basketball courts and physical training equipment, a new $2.2 million community center was needed to provide space for after-school activities, community and neighborhood meetings, events and youth training programs. “A tired kid is a good kid, and this new Community Center will keep our kids busy and out of trouble after school,” 4th District Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell said in a statement. “The community center and its programs will also help bring the community together.” The concept for the new, 3,000-square-foot center is reminiscent of a train station along the former Pacific Electric Right of Way, and is designed with water and electricity consumption reduction elements. Funding for the center comes from the state’s Proposition 84 grant funds. For more information, visit www.longbeach.gov/park. Pictured, from left, are: Pat West, city manager; Jan Ward, president of the West Eastside Community Association; Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster; O’Donnell; George Chapjian, director of parks, recreation and marine; Robert Luna, deputy chief of police; Seyed Jalali, project officer for Long Beach Development Services; and Anna Mendiola, city park development officer. (Photograph by the Business Journal’s Thomas McConville)

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Orizaba Park Long Beach