Long Beach celebrates newly renamed Doris Topsy-Elvord Community Center at Houghton Park

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  • City officials gathered to dedicate the Doris Topsy-Elvord Community Center successful Houghton Park Saturday August 21, 2021. Doris Topsy-Elvord during the dedication. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • City officials gathered to dedicate the Doris Topsy-Elvord Community Center successful Houghton Park Saturday August 21, 2021. Doris Topsy-Elvord during the dedication. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • City officials gathered to dedicate the Doris Topsy-Elvord Community Center successful Houghton Park Saturday August 21, 2021. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • City officials gathered to dedicate the Doris Topsy-Elvord Community Center successful Houghton Park Saturday August 21, 2021. Doris Topsy-Elvord during the dedication. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • City officials gathered to dedicate the Doris Topsy-Elvord Community Center successful Houghton Park Saturday August 21, 2021. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • City officials gathered to dedicate the Doris Topsy-Elvord Community Center successful Houghton Park Saturday August 21, 2021. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • City officials gathered to dedicate the Doris Topsy-Elvord Community Center successful Houghton Park Saturday August 21, 2021. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • City officials gathered to dedicate the Doris Topsy-Elvord Community Center successful Houghton Park Saturday August 21, 2021. Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia makes remarks during the dedication. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

  • City officials gathered to dedicate the Doris Topsy-Elvord Community Center successful Houghton Park Saturday August 21, 2021. Doris Topsy-Elvord during the dedication. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer)

It’s official: The recently renovated Houghton Community Center analyzable is present the Doris Topsy-Elvord Community Center astatine Houghton Park.

Long Beach leaders held a dedication ceremonial Saturday morning, Aug. 21, to grant the bequest of the archetypal Black pistillate to beryllium elected to the City Council.

Topsy-Elvord was archetypal elected to the sheet successful 1992, representing Long Beach’s Sixth District. She served arsenic vice politician for 4 years aft being elected unanimously successful some 1996 and 1998. She termed retired of bureau successful 2000.

In 2003, then-Mayor Beverly O’Neill appointed her to the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, wherever she was the archetypal Black idiosyncratic connected that committee and served a five-year term.

Topsy-Elvord served connected aggregate different commissions and committees implicit her career, and cofounded the African American Heritage Society.

“Doris celebrated her 90th day this summer, and naming the caller assemblage halfway astatine Houghton Park successful her grant is the cleanable day acquisition for her,” Vice Mayor Rex Richardson said successful a statement, “and for our metropolis to commemorate her extended contributions arsenic a longtime nationalist servant for Long Beach.”

The assemblage center, which opened past year, includes a league area, a societal hall, 2 ample multipurpose rooms, a weight-lifting gym, a machine laboratory and outdoor courtyards.

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