Long Beach Community Foundation, Knight Foundation, Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department




Houghton Park is one of North Long Beach’s most viable resources—and it deserves more attention and love...
— Rex Richardson, Long beach 9th District Councilmember | Long Beach Post

The Sound Garden is an interactive sonic-art play installation developed in North Log Beach’s Houghton Park, adjacent to the newly renovated community center. The playful art space includes a symphony of outdoor instruments and sound-making equipment oriented around a conductors platform. It’s location ties together two existing age-oriented playgrounds and the community center to create a central node of activity for the regional park.

City Fabrick worked with the Long Beach Community Foundation to engage North Long Beach stakeholders to determine the landscape for art development and programming in the Uptown Business District. The Sound Garden is intended to augment other improvements in Houghton Park as designed in the Master Plan to create a northern civic anchor to the business district, a counterweight to the Michelle Obama Library and Plaza. Funded through the Knight Foundation donor advised fund, City Fabrick provided community engagement and full landscape design services for the Sound Garden.