Former operator Bernie Shereck had big plans for the Long Beach Recreation Center, which was to include: A gymnasium overlooking Reynolds Channel complete with an indoor oval track, basketball courts, upgraded ballpark, refurbished ice arena and bulkhead family restaurant.
In his article titled Rink Dreams “On” for Evicted Long Beach Operator, Ray Thuman writes about this missed opportunity: “Considering the state of affairs in Long Beach, along with Moody’s recent credit-rating downgrade, it’s seems ironic that the City could probably use Bernie now more than ever.”
The last Recreation Center news that I heard was almost a year ago in the LB Patch, which mentioned a new swimming pool. I’m still waiting for that new swimming pool.
Personally, I think Bernie Shereck’s’ vision was absolutely beautiful and would love for the city to somehow revisit it, but of course there is a lawsuit in the way (Athletic Business News: Civil Actions – City Evicts Arena Operator Who Contends He Holds Five-Year Lease).
So here we are today while our Rec Center just sits there and rusts. Hopefully City Manager Jack the New Gang can get things going again. In the meantime, head over to LI News Chronicles and read: Rink Dreams “On” for Evicted Long Beach Operator).