Beachside basketball courts south of Bixby Park near completion

Two beachside basketball courts—one full-court and one half-court—are nearing completion at the Junipero Avenue junction of the city’s waterfront.

Part of the city’s three-part project to increase and modernize amenities along the shore, 2nd District Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce said the courts are expected to be open within two months. A Pickleball court will also be constructed next to the basketball courts.

This is just a small part of the upgrades set to take over Junipero Beach; beyond the courts, a fitness area is set to be built on the northwestern area of the concession area while a massive, net-constructed play zone will accompany a cafe and rentals on the southeast side.

Alamitos Beach toward the western end of the waterfront will be the first to see all of its upgrades, followed by Junipero and Granada beaches.

After unveiling sleek, contemporary renderings of proposals to upgrade the amenities of various areas along the coast of Long Beach, the Long Beach City Council formally decided to move forward on breaking ground in August on one the Alamitos Beach amenities just south of the Villa Riviera and east of Shoreline Drive.

According to a presentation initially given to the city, the new amenities will seek to make three things happen: enhance the beach experience, support existing activities and increase safety and a feeling of welcomeness—issues that were expressed by residents through outreach meetings.

The design elements of the Alamitos concession stand will include a “game box” that will include chess and ping-pong tables, a play dune for children, beach rentals, a cafe, increased bike parking, additional bike share rentals, and increased security and lighting. It will involve the demolition of the existing Alfredo’s Beach Club and its attached restrooms to make way for a two-story, 4,240 square-foot building with a rooftop deck as well as a wrap-around patio.

The Granada concession proposal seeks an alteration of its current six volleyball courts, of which two rows of three courts sit west-to-east just west of the restrooms. That will be reconfigured to three rows of two courts, allowing for an expanded play area, cafe and vendor spots.

According to Acting City Manager Tom Modica, the concession areas are expected to open by the summer of 2020.

Brian Addison is a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or on social media at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.




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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.