Thursday, May 30, 2024

Two instead of one: Long Beach to open giant inflatable water playgrounds in two locations tomorrow

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Long Beach’s focus on turning our waterfront into a more recreational, family- and user-friendly space has been going on for well over a decade—and that spirit continues into 2023: After opening its first inflatable playground on the waters of Alamitos Beach last year, Long Beach has decided to expand the presence of such playgrounds by opening two come tomorrow.

Using the well-known brand that is Wibits—currently found in 100 countries across the world—the bright green, blue, and yellow contraptions—inflatable water parks that can expand or compress in size through connectable parts—will be at its original location at Alamitos Beach and Bayshore Avenue.

For Alamitos Beach, recreationists can locate the water park south of Ocean Boulevard and east of Shoreline Drive, between 5th and 6th Places (not Streets) while Bayshore is located at 5415 E. Ocean Blvd. (which it first introduced in 2019).

“Last summer, our shoreline was a major destination for family-friendly fun in the sun, thanks to the Alamitos Beach Wibit floating playground,” said Vice Mayor Cindy Allen in a press release noting the expansion. “We’re so excited to welcome it back again this year for our residents and visitors to enjoy all summer long.”

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.

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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