A fire, the cause of which is still undetermined, burned down the playground in July. Since September, the nonprofit Partners of Parks has been fundraising to buy new equipment.
Only $340,000 has been raised to replace Admiral Kidd Park’s playground, which burned down in July. The goal is to raise $1 million to fund a new structure.
The money could also fund improvements to the community center’s HVAC system, roof, plumbing and restrooms.
After a fire destroyed the old playground, officials have envisioned a new and inclusive design. But first, they need to raise funds to build it.
Partners of Parks, an organization that supports the city’s Parks, Recreation and Marine programs, set a goal of raising $1 million.
Playground company representative Eric Lewis said that he and Long Beach officials just entered the early stages of replacing the playground. “We all wanna see this thing get fixed,” he said. “It has our full attention.”
Councilmember Roberto Uranga, local soccer leagues and the Long Beach community were invited to Admiral Kidd Park for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new artificial turf sports field on Saturday.
The Long Beach City Council voted unanimously to approve construction of two artificial turf fields at Admiral Kidd and Seaside parks at its regular meeting Tuesday night.