Created by the permanent closure of a street in downtown Long Beach, Gumbiner Park serves as a neighborhood cultural and recreational resource for families living in the immediate vicinity, as well as for adjacent art institutions and schools. A valuable addition to a community short on open space, the colorful park includes a skate area, children’s play area, picnic area, and outdoor performance spaces—uses that were vetted with the community through public outreach. Stormwater is filtered in a central bioswale and infiltrated on site. Located adjacent to the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PIEAM) and the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), the park design drew inspiration from these cultural institutions and will ultimately include pieces from each museums’ collection.
Designed while with AECOM.