Recap: 2nd Workshop for the Houghton Park Community Master Plan

11879215_944209125637036_518962800205221292_o

Houghton Park in North Long Beach is getting a full makeover for the first time since it was developed nearly a century ago.

The heavily-used park is a community fixture, serving as a meeting place, center for activities and a safe route for students walking home from Jordan High School on the park’s north end. Residents, however, say the park and North Long Beach as a whole have been ignored for years.  City Councilman Rex Richardson, who represents the area, is leading a community initiative to revitalize the park through equipment upgrades, grounds improvements, more parking and other initiatives.  

“We have had great community turnout thus far during this process,” Richardson said after a meeting Saturday to discuss the plan.

By:  Greg Yee, Press-Telegram

A MASTER PLAN

Zachary Mueting, a project landscape architect with RJM Design Group in San Juan Capistrano hired to consult on the plan, said Saturday that residents like the park’s open space, green areas and other amenities, but also report finding trash on the grounds and facilities in disrepair.

Plans are still being finalized, but major features include doubling the number of parking spaces from 100 to 200, building a new community center, designating the original community center clubhouse as a historic building, integrating two jogging/walking loops, moving the children’s play area tot lot, widening paths and reenforcing concrete paths so they can support police, fire and events vehicles.

Siddhartha Majumdar with the Culver City-based firm SPF Architects, said discussions about the community center began in September 2014. A second community meeting was held in December. Out of those meetings organizers realized the plan had to be expanded to encompass the entire park leading to park master plan meetings in July and Saturday.

Majumdar said he expects to move on to the project’s design phase by spring 2016.

APPROVING THE PLAN

City staff will present the Houghton Park Master Plan to the Parks and Recreation Commission Sept. 17 for review during a study session, said Meredith Reynolds, park development officer for the city. The plan will be brought back Oct. 15 for approval.

The City Council will consider the plans on Oct. 20.

Pending approval, officials will break ground on two projects included in the plan: a hydration station and fitness equipment in the park.

The Houghton Park revitalization project is a key component of Richardson’s Roadmap to the Renaissance — an initiative aimed at jump-starting the Ninth City Council District. The roadmap includes three areas of focus: upgrading parks, community centers, and open spaces; revitalizing Artesia Boulevard and rethinking Atlantic Avenue.

 

By:  Greg Yee, Press-Telegram

Do you like this post?

Be the first to comment