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HOUGHTON HISTORY

The history of Houghton Park and the Houghton Park Community Center is a rich and wonderful story.  Here you’ll find two looks at how the park started, expanded and became an important part of the community. The video below not only traces the park’s history but illustrates how important
Houghton Park is to the people of all ages that live in and around the North Long Beach area.  After watching the video,
you’ll be invited to view the historic items below that illustrate key Houghton Park Historical events.

Each year, more than 15,000 youth and teens participate in after school
and fun day programming.

HISTORIC EVENTS

PORTRAIT

Lt. Col Sherman Otis Houghton.

PORTRAIT

An early Houghton family portrait.

FAMILY HOUSE

The original Houghton family farm home when Long Beach was almost entirely farmland.  At the time, it was called “Santa Clara Farm.”

ORIGINAL DEED

The original Houghton Park gift deed. With this grant deed, Stanley and Dove Houghton gave The City of Long Beach the land that became Houghton Park. Dated 1924.

3 ACRES

Three acres of land for Houghton Park was donated on July 30, 1924 by Stanley W., Dove C. and Elizabeth P. Houghton, in memory of their father Lt. Col. Sherman Otis Houghton and his wife Eliza Donner Houghton.

WALKWAY

A walkway was later added to his picnic area. The photograph on the homepage of this website is taken from close to this exact spot. Year unknown.

WALKWAY

A flag-raising event gets a “stirring” description in this newspaper story that appeared in 1925. In the upper right is a photo of the “clubhouse” in 1959.

ACRE PURCHASE

The City of Long Beach then purchased 24.88 acres from the Houghton family on May 9, 1927.

CANTEEN BUILDING

On June 25, 1947, the Park Commission approved the location of a canteen building in the northeast corner of the park.

DONNER PASS DEDICATION

This news story about a highway dedication for the Donner Pass in northern California was published in 1964. Mary Donner, a Donner Pass survivor, eventually married Otis Houghton.
The announcement was for a flag presentation to be held in Houghton Park in 1957.

NEIGHBORHOOD FACILITIES CENTER

In 1973 a Neighborhood Facilities Center was built with federal grants and houses programs of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Council Field office.

SENIOR CITIZEN'S CENTER

In 1987, the community recreation center was again expanded to add a senior citizen's center. This addition included three multi-purpose rooms and a reading room.

PARK RENOVATIONS

Renovation of the baseball fields, playground, and sports field lights occurred with funding from the Los Angeles County Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Acts of 1992 and 1996.

SKATEPARK

Skatepark built in 2004.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH FOR DESIGN OF A
NEW HOUGHTON PARK COMMUNITY CENTER

The City of Long Beach involves the community at it begins the process of making the new Houghton Park Community Center a reality.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND DESIGN OF
HOUGHTON PARK MASTER PLAN

Area residents attend the kickoff event for the new Houghton Park Master Plan.

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EARLY 1900's

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1990's

2004

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1927

LATE 2014

2015

CONTACT

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LONG BEACH HOUGHTON PARK

6301 MYRTLE AVE.

LONG BEACH, CA 90805

562-570-1640

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