While many downtowns are not designed to be great places to raise families, Long Beach is aiming to stand out with the opening of the new Promenade Square Park Tot Lot located at The Promenade and East First Street.

The public is invited to the grand opening ceremony of the playground that includes a slide, several climbing structures and climbing rocks this Saturday, December 17 at 10AM. This marks the first playground in the urban core of DTLB.

“Access to safe, fun places is a basic need in every neighborhood, and this new tot lot will serve the families in Downtown that had to travel a half-mile away to play,” said Mayor Robert Garcia in a statement. “I am proud of the community support this project has received from Downtown’s residents.”

Seeing the growing need for a place for families with young children to spend time in DTLB, the Promenade Area Residents Association (PARA) led the charge to get the tot lot built. Adding more family-friendly design to Downtown is paramount to inviting parents to enthusiastically choose downtown living.

“I am grateful for the hard-working community members, who saw the need for a playground and helped raise funds to make the project a reality,” said Councilmember Jeannine Pearce. “I am very excited that this day has finally arrived for our neighborhood children and families.”