Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach today celebrated the groundbreaking for a new Long Beach Junior Lifeguard facility. Located on East Ocean Boulevard and Claremont Place adjacent to the Claremont Launch Ramp, the Junior Lifeguard Facility Rebuild Project includes the building of a brand new 925-square-foot facility and the demolishing the existing 530-square-foot Junior Lifeguard structure. Construction preparations for this project began in November 2022 and construction is expected to be completed prior to summer 2023.
“Our Long Beach Junior Lifeguards help ensure our beaches and waterways remain safe,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The new junior lifeguard facility will offer first aid to beachgoers who need it and will serve as a place for our junior guards to gain hands-on experience in public safety.”
The new Junior Lifeguard Facility will enhance public safety as the facility will support the popular Long Beach Junior Lifeguard program and provide a year-round first aid stingray response area with a treatment room. The structure will also include lifeguard offices, locker rooms and provide much needed space due to the growing interest in the Junior Lifeguard program.
“So glad to see this project moving forward. The Junior Lifeguards Program is such a fantastic program that brings kids from all across the city,” said Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price. “It teaches kids first aid, physical conditioning, marine ecology, but most of all it teaches confidence, trust and teamwork. Seeing this investment in our youth and the facilities that help them learn and grow is always important to me.”
“The Long Beach Junior Lifeguard Program continues to grow and evolve. Access and outreach to all areas of our city continues to be one of our top priorities as we move forward,” said Long Beach Fire Department Marine Safety Division Chief Gonzalo Medina. “Adding a new, modernized Junior Lifeguard Headquarters helps us meet these increasing demands and significantly enhances our program. This new building will serve our youth far into the future. It will be a place to learn valuable life skills and instill principles that will make future leaders in our community.”
More information about the Junior Lifeguard Facility Rebuild Project is available on its webpage.