Mother's Beach (pictured above) at Marine Park on Appian
Way at 2nd St. in Long Beach, California is located in a marina. The 4-acre Marine Park has volleyball
courts, a play area and picnic sites. Mother's Beach is popular for parents
with small children because of the calm waters and nearby lifeguard towers. Across the bay is Marina Pacifica,
a gated residential community built on the water with a public shopping
center at its door on Pacific Coast Highway near 2nd Street.
A colorful playground and this interactive whale in which children push a
remote button nearby so the whale shoots water from its spout are several
of the fun things for children at Mother's Beach. Restrooms are near the
playground and a grass lawn with large shade trees is perfect for those
who don't care for the sand. Cool breezes blow through the area on even
warm days and make this a desirable spot to be. There is a
lot with coin parking meters.
MARINE STADIUM is a premier site for water skiing
and boat racing events. Sand beach, rest rooms, picnicking and ample
parking. You can launch your boat for a small fee or rent the place for
special events. The stadium was the first manmade rowing course in the
U.S. and was built in 1932 for rowing events of the Xth Olympiad.
By design, four teams can race abreast, eliminating additional heats.
The 1968 and 1976 United States Men's Olympic Rowing Trials and the 1984
United States Women's Olympic Rowing Trials were held here and the site
continues to be used as a training center for rowers, including Olympic
teams. Marine Stadium was recently designated as an official state
historic site. 5255 Paoli Way
Water skiing is permissible in designated areas only between
8 a.m. and sunset. Rowing is allowed from sunrise to 8 a.m.
Before sunrise and after sunset, rowing is allowed only with the proper
running lights and observing the 5 mile per hour speed limit. Call the
Marine Stadium at 562-570-3203 for information on closures due
to special events.
WILL ROGERS MINI PARK is located near the Colorado Lagoon
and the end of Marine Stadium., The small park is beautifully landscaped
and has several shade trees. Appian Way & Nieto 562-570-1695