City of Long Beach- El Dorado Nature Center

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine is a nationally

recognized and award-winning organization with 1,100 full-time/parttime

staff and a budget of $57 million. The Department oversees

facilities and programs that reflect the needs and interests of a

culturally diverse community, including: 170 parks with more than 3,200

acres devoted to open space and recreation, 27 community centers, 3

public pools, 6 miles of beaches, and 3 marinas.

The Department provides free and fee-based recreational programs

and leisure opportunities, both self-directed and organized, for people

of all ages and cultures. Youth programs include free youth sports for

ages 5 to 14 serving nearly 10,000 participants annually, summer and

vacation day camps, 2,100 recreational and educational classes,

sailing and aquatics instruction, teen center activities, skateboarding

opportunities, and supervised afterschool and weekend activities at

parks and schools. In addition, approximately 12,000 youth

participate in non-Department sports leagues that utilize park facilities.