City of Long Beach: Long Beach dedicates Chittick Field sports complex to former vice mayor and city councilor Dee Andrews
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Release # 11092021 Subject: Long Beach Dedicates Chittick Field Sports Complex to Former Deputy Mayor and City Councilor Dee Andrews Contact:
Long Beach, California – The Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) hosts a dedication ceremony for the Dee Andrews Sports Complex at Chittick Field, naming the facility at 1900 Walnut Avenue in honor of the former vice mayor and city councilor for the Sixth District. The public naming and unveiling of the sign will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 20.
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âDee Andrews has been a dedicated member of City Council for over 13 years and was one of our longest-serving members of Council, including two years as Deputy Mayor,â said Mayor Robert Garcia. “During this time, he was a mentor to many and used his passion to serve his constituents and his love of sport and education to make a lasting impact on the entire community.”
Following an item presented by City Councilor Al Austin, seconded by City Councilor Stacy Flanigan Mungo, and unanimously approved by the entire City Council on August 10, 2021, the designation of the Chittick Field Sports Complex recognizes important contributions to improving the lives of residents. at Central Long Beach made possible by Mr. Andrews.
Mr Andrews, a public school teacher who was first elected to Long Beach City Council in 2007 and served until 2020, grew up playing sports at Chittick Field – then known as of Hamilton Bowl – and was a featured football player at Poly High School, Long Beach City College and Cal State Long Beach.
âOne of Deputy Mayor Andrews’ major accomplishments on City Council has been securing funding and overseeing the completion of a refurbished sports complex at Chittick Field,â said Councilor Al Austin II. âFrom his days as a Poly High School athletic legend playing what was then known as the Hamilton Bowl, to his dedication and years of service to the residents of Central Long Beach, that dedication is a great way to honor his contributions to sport and to the community. “
A major achievement during Mr. Andrews’ time on City Council has been his role in securing funding and overseeing the completion of the remodeled Chittick Field. The $ 9.9 million, 19-acre resort opened in 2014, featuring a new soccer field, three soccer fields and a 400-yard all-season track. The project included a new parking lot, lighting, toilets, a bike path, a new pumping station and stormwater housing.
âMr. Andrews led efforts to transform Chittick Field from its dilapidated ‘dust bowl’ into a now modern sports complex. The name in her honor deserves due to her more than 12 years of contribution and service to the Sixth District and the City of Long Beach, âsaid current Sixth District City Councilor Suely Saro.
For more information on the event, please visit www.LBParcs.org or call the Community Recreation Services office at 562.570.3150.
About the city of Long BeachHome to approximately 470,000 residents, the innovative and award-winning city of Long Beach offers all of the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while retaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled along the California coast. As a full-service charter town, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, the Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a popular school district, Long Beach Airport, Long Beach Harbor, as well as numerous awards – from winning city departments such as Health and Social Services; Parks, recreation and marine; Development services; Public works and more. The city also has a well-respected university and municipal college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, 12 libraries, five golf courses, 169 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a bike-sharing program.
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About Long Beach Parks, Recreation and MarineThe Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and the Sea (PRM) is recognized for the excellence of its management practices and programs, having received four times the Gold Medal from the National Parks and Recreation Association. PRM offers recreation programs and services to residents and visitors that improve the quality of life in Long Beach. PRM manages 169 parks with 26 community centers, 320 acres of open space and 6.1 miles of beaches; implements the city’s open space plan, provides recreational opportunities to meet the diverse needs of the community, maintains public marinas, and ensures public safety and the humane treatment of animals.
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