MacArthur Park, along with the Homeland Cultural Center, Gamboa Theater and Mark Twain Library form the civic nucleus of Cambodia Town in Long Beach, California. The park’s concentration of public assets, its location within the Midtown Business District, and the density of surrounding residential areas makes it one of the most well used parks in the City. Due to its heavy use and importance in the community, the City and Friends of MacArthur Park partnered with City Fabrick and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Trust to engage local residents and stakeholders to develop a vision for improving the park.
The team worked with residents to assess the park’s programmatic needs and assets, as well as the physical conditions of the park. With the collective assessment of park opportunities and challenges, residents and stakeholders were engaged in a series of interactive workshops that built upon layers of input and actions to ultimately develop the vision plan. The plan includes improvements to the Homeland Cultural Center to increase programming and flexibility, creation of a walking trail with outdoor fitness equipment, expansion of the field to support AYSO league play, and development of a multi-use plaza to support cultural programming. The MacArthur Park Vision Plan is being used for strategic investment, including a State Urban Greening application to implement the first phase.