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Following outreach meetings that began last summer and went through to this year, the City of Long Beach’s Planning Commission has approved ambitious plans to renovate and upgrade the concessions stands at three focal points along the city’s waterfront, beginning with Alamitos Beach and hitting Junipero and Granada Beaches in the coming years.
“I’m pretty excited to share these early designs with you that will reimagine our coastal concession areas and beach experience at Alamitos, Junipero, and Granada,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We plan to make these spaces into unique food destinations for the whole family. Thank you to all the residents who came out to give us input.”
And they won’t just be food destinations. According to a presentation given to the city, the new amenities will seek to make three things happen: enhance the beach experience, support existing activities, and increase safety and a feeling of welcomeness—issues that were expressed by residents themselves at outreach meetings concerning beach concessions.
The design elements of the Alamitos concession will include a “game box” that will include chess and ping-pong tables, a play dune for the little ones, beach rentals, a cafe, increased bike parking, additional bike share rentals, and increased security and lighting.
The Junipero concession will seek to activate more than the areas surrounding the current restrooms: basketball courts—a full and half-court—and fitness area are set to be built on the northwestern area of the concession while a massive, net-constructed play zone will accompany a cafe and rentals on the southeast side.
The Granda concession will see an alteration of its current six volleyball courts, of which two rows of three courts sit west-to-east just west of the restrooms. That will be reconfigured to three rows of two courts, allowing for an expanded play area, cafe, and vendor spots.
Pending approval from the California Coastal Commission, which oversees all coastal projects, construction could begin as early as next year.
The cost for the renovations at Alamitos Beach will be $4.7M, along with an addition $1.7M approved by the city for beach playgrounds, recreational amenities and other areas of high use. Meanwhile, the Granada and Junipero concessions are to cost $650K each.
The Tidelands Operations Fund will fund the project. (Tidelands funds are solely designated for the space at our marinas, beaches, and waterways, including the Convention Center, the Queen Mary and adjacent properties, the Aquarium of the Pacific, and Rainbow Harbor.)