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What a Sunday in Rose Park! Neighbors gathered to enjoy food, games and music! Take a look at the highlights below! Thanks to our lovely volunteers including Yadira, Alex, Sylvia, Blake, Elie, Ben and Richard, and the fantastic support from Vice Mayor Cindy Allen’s Office, Assemblymember Josh Lowenthal’s Office, Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine, Safe Refuge , LB Rad Dads and Rose Park Moms, and special thanks to the great tunes pumped out by George DJ Matrix.

Picnic goers race to the finish line in the sack race
Clayton Heard of Assemblymember Josh Lowenthal’s Office greets attendees
Art Romo and staff of Safe Refuge supply and prep the watermelon for the world famous Watermelon Eating Contest
Participants compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Watermelon Eating Contest!
Watermelon eating gets messy!

Proud winner of the Watermelon Eating Contest!

Vice Mayor Cindy Allen welcomes Rose Park picnic goers
George DJ Matrix mixes the music at the annual Rose Park Neighborhood Picnic
Attendees make necklaces with ArtWorksLBC volunteer Yadira

Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine paint the beautiful faces of picnic goers
Long Beach Rad Dads play bocce!
Artist Alex Gonzales showcases his work at the picnic and paints with picnic goers
Let’s create more community in Rose Park Neighborhood!

Stayed tuned for the Neighborhood Block party coming up at Rose Park on Saturday, August 12th hosted by neighbors Chynna and Linzy!


Congratulations to restaurant owners Phillip and Lauren Pretty. The brother and sister duo received a Michelin star, and a Green Star, an award given to restaurants with eco-friendly commitments at the forefront of sustainable practices. If you haven’t been to Heritage – do make a visit! Read more HERE. Heritage is located at 2030 E. 7th Street. Learn more about Heritage and make a reservation HERE.

Picnic in Rose Park, Mobile Recess Program, Fourth Fridays, Summer Food Program, & Native Milkweed Seedlings Giveaway


It’s the annual Picnic in Rose Park! Kids and adults will take part in the famous watermelon eating contest provided by Safe Refuge, cool off with the water balloon toss and race to the finish line with the sack race. This FREE event will also feature FREE hot dogs and music from George DJ Matrix. Please bring your own picnic and chair.

If you would like to donate to this event, volunteer or have questions, email info@rpna.org or DM us on Instagram @RoseParkLB.

Parks, Recreation & Marine Programs

Mobile Recess Program

The free Mobile Recess Program will bring trucks loaded with supplies and equipment to designated neighborhood streets and provide free recreational activities for youth ages 5 through 14 (Grades K-8).

Those interested in participating may register in person at any of the participating Mobile Recess locations, Space is limited and all sign-ups are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tuesday & Thursday at Rose Park, Orizaba Avenue and 8th Street, 10 a.m. – noon

More information about the mobile recess programs can be found HERE or https://longbeach.gov/park/recreation-programs/youth-programs/mobile-recess/

Fourth Fridays on 4th Street

Summer 2023 on 4th Street

Summer Food Program

The City of Long Beach, Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine offer the Free Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Since 1979, the City of Long Beach has served over 2 million meals to children and teens between the ages of 1-18. The program was established to ensure that during summer school vacation, children would be able to receive the same well-balanced meals that they receive during the school year. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for Children is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by the California Department of Education (CDE).

Ages: 1 to 18 years old (Infant Meals Will Not Be Served)
Dates:  Tuesday, June 20 – Friday, August 25, 2023 

More information about the meal service sites HERE or https://www.longbeach.gov/park/recreation-programs/programs-and-classes/teen-centers/usda-summer-food-program/

Native Milkweed Giveaway