North Park facility undergoes $170.5K facelift.
The Sherman Brown Park in Long Beach's North Park neighborhood is in the midst of
The city announced this
week that work has started to refurbish and upgrade the blacktopped playground that
previously sported a couple of basketball courts at the northern end of
The reconstructed park will feature new
basketball nets and backboards, along with color acrylic surfacing on the court
and surrounding area, as well as fitness equipment with safety surfacing and
new benches, trash receptacles and landscaping, according to the city.
The city’s department of public works
initiated “preparation of plans and specifications to revitalize the Sherman
Brown Park in the 2012-2016 Capital Improvement Plan
that was passed by the City Council earlier this year,”
states a city press release about the project.
“Our team worked hard to develop the
plans for this park,” Jim LaCarrubba, the public works commissioner,
said in a statement. “We believe our residents will be extremely happy with the
The city told Patch that the project is
expected to be completed, weather permitting, before the start of winter.
The City Council unanimously awarded the
project to the Holbrook-based Louis Barbato Landscaping at a cost of
$170,570, according to the proceeding from the City Council meeting on July 5.
The cost will be covered by a community development block grant,
LaCarrubba said at a city-led Long Beach Listens meeting
at the Martin Luther King Center in April, when he announced a potential
second phase to the project. “We have a phase two
for a bathroom, if we can find some additional funding in the next year or so,”
City officials worked with a neighborhood
committee to develop conceptual designs to rehabilitate the facility. At a City Council meeting in August 2011
, Charles Theofan, the city manager at the time, said the city was awaiting community input on whether
the equipment should be better suited for teens or younger children, or a
combination of both.
At that meeting, North Park resident
Crystal Lake said that the city had neglected
neighborhood teens who needed a place to play, and that upgrading the
playground would go a long way toward keeping them from roaming the streets. Lake told Patch on Friday that she is "truly ecstatic" to witness the revitalization of the park.
"This wonderful project is an extraordinary achievement for the North Park residents enhancement of our community park and recreational atmosphere for children to grow, providing fun, exercise, fitness, kids enjoyment, learning and education through organized recreation/entertainment, interaction of adults and children," he said.
“Sherman Brown Park is an important destination in our community,” City Council
President Len Torres said in a statement. “Unfortunately, it has been neglected
for many years and, as a result, is in desperate need of rehabilitation. We are
happy to say that the days of neglect are over.”
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