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Inflatable water playgrounds to open in Long Beach waters come June 14

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It is officially an annual tradition: The inflatable water playgrounds—known as Wibits—will yet again return to Alamitos Beach and Bayshore Avenue for kids and adults alike to climb, slide, and jump off of come June 14 and running through Sep. 2.

“These waterplay structures have enhanced recreation at our City beaches for kids and the entire family to enjoy,” said Mayor Rex Richardson in a press release. “I am excited to welcome Long Beach’s aquatic playgrounds back again this year to provide residents with free and fun water activities over the summer.”

What are Wibits and where are they exactly located in Long Beach?

“Residents have been waiting for the return of these fun floating structures at Alamitos Beach all year,” said Vice Mayor Cindy Allen in a press release. “I’m glad they are back for the summer, and I look forward to seeing residents and visitors climbing, jumping and having a blast in the water. I’ll be out there, and I hope to see everyone else too!”

Long Beach uses the well-known brand Wibit to construct its inflatable water play areas, a brand currently found in 100 countries across the world. The bright green, blue, and yellow contraptions are inflatable water parks that can expand or compress in size through connectable parts and will return to Alamitos Beach—between 5th and 6th Places south of Ocean Boulevard—and at Bayshore Avenue at 5415 E. Ocean Blvd.

Who can participate and what are the rules?

The following rules will apply to all participants during Long Beach Lifeguard supervised hours of operation, daily from 10AM to 7PM, at each aquatic playground location:

  • All participants (adults and children) are required to pass a swim test prior to accessing waterplay features.
  • Each child under 9 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  • Life jackets and personal floatation devices are not permitted while utilizing waterplay features.

A note from the City of Long Beach before visiting the play areas

Aquatic-based recreation is a naturally dangerous activity. The City encourages all users of the aquatic playground to exercise caution and abide by all posted rules. Using a waterplay structure is challenging and strenuous and the City assumes no liability or responsibility for injuries sustained while using the waterplay structures. Lifeguards might not be on duty if they are called to an emergency.

For more information, visit longbeach.gov/park/marine/ or call 562.570.3233.

Brian Addison
Brian Addison
Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 25 nominations and three additional wins. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.

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