Even though the word “beach” is in the name of our city, Long Beach actually ranks 21st for parks out of the 100 largest cities in the United States, according to the latest National ParkScore Report. This ranking is based on access, how many people live within a half-mile of a park, the city’s median park size, and how much is spent per resident on parks. Long Beach spends $208 per resident on parks, while the national median is $105. Long Beach also got high marks for how many senior activities the city offers and the number of off-leash dog parks.
That being said, chances are you already have a local favorite park that you and your family can walk to and enjoy. If you’re looking for a change of scenery to enjoy a game of soccer with family, nice walking paths, or to enjoy a picnic, here are several of our favorites.
El Dorado East Regional Park
7550 E. Spring Street
Both of the El Dorado Parks (East and West) have everything you can hope for in a local neighborhood park. The East Park amenities include an archery range, barbeque grills (first come, first serve), over four miles of bicycle trails, a model aircraft flying area, nature center, fitness course, playgrounds, and so much more. Vehicle entry to the site is $5 Monday – Thursday, $6 on Fridays, $7 on Saturday and Sunday, and $8 on Holidays. Contact them to find out more about train rides, pedal boat rentals, bicycle rentals, and party packages.
El Dorado Park West
2800 Studebaker Road
The bulk of this park is made up of an 18-hole golf course, but if golf isn’t your sport-of-choice there are plenty of other options here. They have night-lit basketball and volleyball courts, softball and soccer fields, a disc golf course, a tennis center, and a skate park. El Dorado West is also the home of the Parks, Recreation, and Marine Department administration offices. Both their community center for indoor events and their picnic sites can be reserved. Another stand-out feature of this expansive park is the community center that houses a teen center, multi-purpose area, and senior program.
Los Cerritos Park
3750 Del Mar Avenue
Los Cerritos Park is 7.24 acres and is a wonderful location to go and enjoy the outdoors. They have two tennis courts and a fun playground area. People love coming to this park to take long walks, enjoy a picnic, read a book, play some outdoor games, or just relax. Also, during the summertime, the famous Long Beach Municipal Band plays concerts here. You can find a full summer schedule for the Band here, and plan a date to go support some local musicians this summer!
5801 E. Parkcrest Street
This large 112.5-acre park has four main sections – Studebaker Road to Palo Verde Ave., Pale Verde Ave., to Woodruff Ave., Woodruff Ave., to Bellflower Blvd., and Bellflower Blvd. to Clark Ave. People love it for the scenic landscaping including a fishing pond, bike and skate paths, a fitness course, baseball field, basketball court, roller hockey court, soccer field, softball field, and a nicely shaded picnic area.
Appian Way below 2nd Street
Mother’s Beach is the perfect combination of park and beach located in the beautiful marina. They have volleyball courts, a play area, beach with designated swim areas, and picnic sites. The swimming area is great for kids because the waves are gentle, the water is shallow, and there is a lifeguard on duty. On any given weekend you can find groups participating in fitness classes, yoga, boot camps, and lots of families setting up tents and decorations for fun and festive celebrations.
Situated in the southeast part of town, this 210.9 acre park is home to 18 and 9-hold golf courses, a tennis center, lawn bowling green, community centers, plus Joe Rodgers Field and Blair Field. There’s also a dog park and an outdoor theater. A large picnic site is available for reservations.
Whether small pocket parks, waterfront parks, or neighborhood mainstays, there is something for everyone to be found in the parks in Long Beach. Take a look at the full list of Long Beach parks by visiting the city’s Park and Facilities Directory.