Assemblymember O’Donnell Secures State Funding for Long Beach Parks and Open Space

Funding for city park improvements, walking trail along San Gabriel River, open space along LA River included in the California State Budget passed by the Legislature

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(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) announced important funding has been included in the 2021-2022 California State Budget that will provide funding for parks and open space in Long Beach.

 The Assembly passed the budget on Monday evening. The spending plan will go to Governor Newsom’s desk for his consideration. The budget will include nearly $10 million for the following local improvements:

  • $4.3 million for a walking trail along the San Gabriel River to the Pacific Ocean.
  • $3.3 million for open space along the Los Angeles River in Long Beach.
    These funds will be administered by the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy
     
  • $1.2 million for the improvement of the El Dorado Regional Park Youth Softball and Baseball Fields in the City of Long Beach where O’Donnell grew up playing Little League.
  • $850,000 for upgrades at Bixby Park in the City of Long Beach.
    These funds will be administered by the City of Long Beach

“This funding will greatly improve our quality of life and allow families to have additional access to the great outdoors,” said Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell. “Parks, trails and open space are vital for overall health and wellbeing. Whether it’s playing baseball in a park, taking a stroll on a summer day, or exercising on a trail, I know how important recreational opportunities are for residents and families. I am proud to see our state prioritize communities like Long Beach by making these important investments in our quality of life.”

“The Rivers and Mountains Conservancy is very thankful for this budget allocation that will advance projects within the Lower Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers, and the surrounding communities,” said Frank Colonna, RMC Governing Board Chair.  “These funds are much needed and the impact from these funds will be exponential, particularly the disadvantaged areas.  We look forward to continue working with Assemblymember O’Donnell’s office expanding open space and increasing park access for all Californians.”

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Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.