Photos by Brian Addison.
It is a hidden little gem along 4th Street, sitting between Nebraska and Walnut. The Miracle on 4th St. Park was Long Beach’s first mini-park when it opened in 2000—and now, it will be getting a miracle of its own by way of $64K in funds to renovate the beloved park.
The .14 acre park—considered “mini” because such parks are single-lot spaces that the City then converts to park space—will be renovated with new walkways, landscaping, turf, irrigation, site furnishings, fresh paint on the playground, new playground safety surfacing and new tetherball equipment.
It’s moniker comes by way of the Leadership Long Beach class of 2000, who undertook the development of the park as their class project, according to Jane Grobaty of the City of Long Beach. This included running a park-naming contest with the nearby Burbank Elementary School to come up with the name.
Since its inception, 46 other parks fit the criteria to be considered a mini-park—but Miracle is not the smallest in the city. The 10th, 11th, and 12th Place Mini Parks are the smallest in the city, each of which are not even a tenth of an acre.
To our sadness, the park will be closed from now to late October. However, to help with the lamenting before the happiness we will have once it re-opens, the recreation programs associated with the park will continue in an adjacent activity room during the renovation period.