Public Invited to Groundbreaking for New Houghton Park Community Center

Flyer courtesy of the City of Long Beach.

The public is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Houghton Park Community Center this Saturday at 11:00AM, the City of Long Beach announced Wednesday.

“The Houghton Park Community Center will set a new standard for design and complement our new Michelle Obama Library and Fire Station 12,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. “I am proud to mention that this project is made possible in part by Measure A, which voters passed in 2016 to fund public infrastructure and public safety services.”

Once constructed, the new 6,500-square-foot community center, with associated existing building renovations, utilities, hardscape and landscape site improvements, will connect to the existing community center through a breezeway and surround historical parts of the 1930s portion of the building.

To be located east of the existing center, the new building will include two large multipurpose rooms that can be divided further into two more rooms by a retractable wall. These rooms will contain equipment, material storage and amenities to support a variety of programs and activities, according to the release.

The building is designed to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating, which will include drought-tolerant landscaping within the courtyard and surrounding the structure. The project will also result in a more accessible, reconfigured parking lot.

“At long last, North Long Beach is getting the community center it deserves. I am thrilled that this new building will serve the needs of over 90,000 North Long Beach residents with space for after school, teen and senior programs,” Vice Mayor Rex Richardson said in a statement. “Our community is excited about this new addition and looks forward to the unveiling of the Community Center next year!”

The public works and parks, recreation and marine departments began the design process for the center in 2014. As a result of numerous community workshops and a master planning process to assess the necessary programming, it was decided the new center would be built around the current building in phases, according to the release.

The budget is approximately $7 million for the new building, of which $4 million comes from Measure A funding and the remaining $3 million from previously allocated one-time 2014 city funds.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be located at 6301 Myrtle Avenue.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.