The new law would bar adults from playground areas unless they’re supervising a child under the age of 12. Violating the new law could be prosecuted as a misdemeanor.
Long Beach began crafting the law after several City Council members complained that vandalism and loitering by people experiencing homelessness or doing drugs were limiting residents’ ability to safely enjoy playgrounds.
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.
The proposal came from four council members who said they wanted to ensure that playgrounds remain safe for children to use in the city by potentially barring adults not accompanied by a child from entering or remaining in them.
“It was just kind of devastating ‘cause I know a lot of the kids like to play with that, and a lot of people go to the park for that,” one local said.
Two playgrounds being installed along the beachside bike path near Bixby Park and Rosie’s Dog Beach are expected to be completed some time between May and June.
A new playground is expected to begin construction in central Long Beach this fall at the Jenni Rivera Memorial Park, the city announced recently.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Promenade Square Park Tot Lot, located at The Promenade North and East First Street, will take place on Saturday, June 4, at 10:00AM, and the city would like to extend the community a cordial invitation.
The public is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony of the Locust Tot Lot on Saturday, March 19 at 9:30AM, where Mayor Robert Garcia, Councilmember Dee Andrews and the Departments of Parks, Recreation and Marine and Public Works will unveil the new playground design.