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PRESS RELEASE: Free Recreation Programs in Long Beach Parks


June 12, 2018

For Immediate Release

Celebrate the 100 Days of Summer with Free Recreation Programs

in Long Beach Parks Starting June 18

Popular Movies in the Park Are Back

With longer summer days and kids on school break, residents turn to Long Beach parks for recreational activity options and to connect with each other. Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) has ten weeks of free recreation programs planned for youth and families to ensure that all residents can stay and play in the city during the “100 Days of Summer,” from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Residents are encouraged to visit for hundreds of ideas of fun activities that do not require a lot of traveling and are either free or low-cost. This is the ninth year in a row that PRM and the Long Beach Convention and Visitor’s Bureau have partnered on the website.

“The City’s summer parks programs provide safe and inviting opportunities for families and kids, as well as encourages a healthy active lifestyle,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “By keeping parks programmed during the day and many activated in the evening, families have positive and safe activities to enjoy together. I am also grateful for the generous contributions of Signal Hill Petroleum, Partners of Parks, and the Port of Long Beach for supporting our outdoor summer movie programs.”

“Summer Fun Days” engages childen ages five to 12 in supervised fun, including sports, games, arts and crafts, and special events. This is a drop-in program with no custodial child care. The program will run Monday through Friday, from June 18 to August 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The public can visit for daily program schedules.

The “Be S.A.F.E.” (Summer Activities in a Friendly Environment) program supports neighborhoods by extending supervision hours at designated parks during the evening and employing neighborhood youth. Be S.A.F.E. offers arts and crafts, outdoor games, sports, science activities, dance programs, classes in fitness, cooking, gardening and flower arranging; and computer labs that appeal to youth and families. By keeping selected parks activated in the evening hours, residents have many options for recreation and spending time together. The program will be offered Monday through Friday, from June 18 through August 24, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Also, made possible by the Port of Long Beach’s sponsorship, the free Be S.A.F.E. movie showings will take place at Long Beach parks this summer. Movies that will be screened include “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” and more. For a complete listing, those interested can visit:

More Free Summer Movies in the Park

In addition to the Be S.A.F.E. movie showings, and for the 13th year in a row, Signal Hill Petroleum in cooperation with Partners of Parks, will sponsor the popular “Movies in the Park” series that attracts thousands of people of all ages each summer for free evenings of fun in their local park. The “Movies in the Park” program motto is, “The movie and popcorn are free. Time spent as a family is priceless!” This season runs from June 18 through August 22, and movies begin at dusk. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, picnic style dinner, and family and friends. Movies are subject to change. Those interested can visit for the list of showings and for more information.

For more news on what is happening at Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine, residents can visit, “Like” PRM on Facebook and follow PRM on Twitter @LongBeachParks.

About Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine

Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, having received the National Parks and Recreation Association Gold Medal Award four times. PRM provides leisure programs and services to residents and visitors, which improve quality of life in Long Beach. PRM maintains 171 parks with 26 community centers, 320 acres of open space, and 6.1 miles of beaches; implements the City's Open Space Plan, provides recreational opportunities to meet diverse community needs, maintains public marinas, and provides for public safety and the humane treatment of animals.

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