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Construction on Lincoln Park continues, aims for early 2022 opening

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With around two years of further construction following the setback of construction nationwide during the pandemic, Plenary Properties—the group responsible for designing and constructing the new civic center—has begun construction on one of the project’s most important features: the redesign of one of Downtown’s most accessible green spaces, Lincoln Park.

According to Joy Contreras of the City’s Public Works Department, officials are hoping that demolition of the old City Hall—at the center of the new park’s construction timeline—will be completed by early 2022 to make way for a February completion of the park, with a formal opening in Spring.

Part of the $592M project that has seen construction of the new City Hall and Port of Long Beach headquarters, along with the soon-to-happen demolition of the old City Hall structure that sits at the center of the park’s new design, the plans for Lincoln Park have been relatively mum as the project has moved forward.

Hints have been given that, while there was no formal design solidified during the RFP process bidding to take on the civic center, Plenary/Edgemoor wanted to create a park that could host events and actives with anywhere from 20 to 11,000 people.

The nine-acre development now has tangible amenities: a soccer field which also act as an outdoor venue, a basketball park, a large playground for families, a dog park, and possible amenities down the road—including a possible skate park.

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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