‘It’s Become a Little Community’: Work is Underway to Revitalize Lincoln Park with Classes, Events
Lincoln Park—which first opened as Pacific Park in 1888—closed in 2016 due to construction efforts around the old City Hall building, and the closure continued through the construction of the new Civic Center. The park officially reopened this past February with several new amenities, including an outdoor gym, a basketball half-court, a skate park, a playground, and a dog park. It is also utilized for various events from Bollywood dance classes and dog obedience training to movement and flow yoga. The $19.5 million park facility was funded through a public-private partnership with supplemental funding from the Port of Long Beach and a Los Angeles County Measure A grant.
The collaboration between Studio One Eleven, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, the Long Beach Community Foundation, the Downtown Long Beach Alliance and the Billie Jean King Main Library made the revitalization possible at Lincoln Park. The Lincoln Park activation is meant to draw locals out, but it also has the potential to also serve as a space for events such as concerts and film festivals, making Long Beach a destination for tourists.
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