Our Mission


Today, Partners of Parks’ mission is to support the development, maintenance, and enhancement of park assets and recreation programs in Long Beach, CA through fundraising, education, and advocacy. 

Program support includes recreation classes and camps including swimming lessons, Animal Care Services and the Nature Center. PoP also serves as a fiscal agent for a variety of community organizations affiliated with a particular park or activity, such as the Friends groups who raise money for a particular park, the Long Beach Municipal Band, memorials (Benches, Lone Sailor, Rosie the Riveter Park Memorial Wall, Tree Planting), and community organizations.

PoP does not receive any direct government funding and is governed by a board of eleven community members who volunteer their time. Funding is solicited from foundations, corporations, associations and individuals to support a variety of programs for all Long Beach residents and their four-legged companions. Recreation classes, educational programs and community-wide programs are participant-funded with scholarships provided by PoP to youth and senior residents who meet income requirements. 

With caring community members continuing to donate dollars to ensure park access to everyone in the community, Partners of Parks hosts fundraising events, outreaches to community members for support and solicits sponsorships. PoP staffs information tables at events and community activities to raise community awareness of its mission. 

History


Founded in 1985, Partners of Parks (PoP) was established by a group of Long Beach residents who were concerned that clean, open park space be kept available to all residents at a time when large cuts were being made to civic budgets and park services. The original mission was to raise funds to preserve, protect and maintain parks and open spaces. 

PoP is a public/private partnership with the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine through an agreement formed in 1989 with the City and approved by the City Council.

PoP is a IRS designated 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization operating under tax ID #33-0104238 and receives donations specifically designated for park programs within the City.   

BOARD MEMBERS

Board members are volunteers representing all areas of the community. 


Ron Antonette

President

Ron has more than 25 years of strategic communications and public relations experience. Ron earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations. He and his wife, Cynthia, have two school-aged children, and as a family spend many Saturdays playing, coaching and refereeing youth soccer.

David Zannata

Vice President

Dave is a member of JCA Resources Team, a real estate development, international trade and marketing company serving Japan, China, and the Americas. In addition to his corporate experience, David serves on the Parks, Recreation and Marine Commission and has served on a number of boards providing community support.

Kathy Fishkin

Treasurer

Kathy holds a MBA and a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and Marketing and is a CPA. Her accounting experience reveals more than 30 years’ experience. Kathy is currently the Treasurer of Pop and a member of the 1997 class of Leadership Long Beach.

Mark Hardison

Secretary

Mark is Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Hawthorne and is active in Kiwanis and the Poly HS Cross Country and Track Booster Clubs. Mark oversees the board of a non-profit that raises money for Hawthorne’s Recreation Department and will be retiring this spring. He is a resident of Bixby Knolls.

Trina Schoonnmaker

Member

Trina Schoonmaker is a Cruise & Vacation Specialist with Expedia CruiseShipCenters, the travel agent division of the powerful worldwide Expedia brand.Trina has 40 years experience in the travel industry, primarily in travel publishing for market-leading publishers.

Lillian Parker

Member

Lillian Parker is a 22-year civilian employee of LAPD. She is an active community volunteer having served on the Citizen Police Complaint Commission, Central Project Area Committee, Central Neighborhood Advisory Committee; as well as serving on the Youth Gang Violence Task Force.

Ericka Gutierrez

Member

Ericka has been a resident of Long Beach for over three decades. She received her BA in Spanish from CSU Fullerton, after transferring from LBCC with an AA in French. She held a position as an Instructional Assistant for the Business Administration Department and currently serves as the Financial Aid Specialist.