Long Beach
2nd District

Civic Center Plaza
333 West Ocean Blvd. 14th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 570-2222
6/15/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release #
Subject:
East Village Arts Park Grand Re-Opening
Councilwoman Pearce Brings Team Together to Open Long Abandoned Park
Contact:
Devin Ablard
562-570-2222
Devin.Ablard@LongBeach.gov
Communications Deputy




  • Who:Councilmember Jeannine Pearce, Long Beach Arts Council, Downtown Long Beach Business Alliance, East Village Association
  • What: Launch of East Village Arts Park Programming with “Open Conversations” event
  • When: June 26, 2018 at 6pm Where: East Village Arts Park, 150 Elm Ave.
  • Purpose: To provide activated park space for residents and to invest in the fabric of our artist community

LONG BEACH, CA - Councilmember Pearce’s Office is proud to announce after nearly a year of work, the Grand Re-Opening of the East Village Arts Park in Downtown Long Beach. The Arts Park has essentially been closed to the public for nearly a decade, leaving a beautiful park abandoned. The kickoff event will be hosted with the Art Council’s “Open Conversations” where stakeholders and residents are invited to share what they would like to see in the Arts Park, and engage on a community process for programing. The event will be topped off with live music performed by Pow! Wow! School of Music.

“The community surrounding this park is deserving of an activated open space, and while the city has made it available to activate with permits, our hope is that the park will become a place where residents and those working in downtown can enjoy at all times of the day. It takes a village to nurture our community, and this project will be a shining example of our diverse Arts Village efforts” -Jeannine Pearce

Pearce has hosted many meetings to flush out the best way to program and maintain the park, which historically has had challenges maintaining a safe and clean environment. The DLBA is carrying the insurance and permits to host music/ events nightly till 9pm. The DLBA’s Red Team will include the park in their route. All requests for events will be directed to the Art Council, who will maintain on online calendar for Programing. Days when events will be hosted the park will remain open all day. The hope is residents, tourists, and those working in downtown will visit the park to relax for lunch or with a cup of coffee. Perhaps catching some live entertainment as well.

“Activating parks as arts spaces demonstrates the City's commitment to the arts and culture of Long Beach. It also makes the arts accessible to residents in their own neighborhood” -Griselda Suarez Executive Director, Arts Council for Long Beach

Programing the park will not only include live music, it will include music and art classes. The landscaping has been redone and they have updated and added new lighting to the park. The park features a small stage and viewing area as well as tables and chairs for audiences to sit in. Jeannine’s office would like to give a special thanks to the Arts Council for Long Beach, the DLBA, and the East Village Association for their dedication to this park and the community.

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Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce was elected in June 2016 to serve Long Beach’s 2nd Council District, a long time resident committed to ensuring that all residents are well represented in local government. Her priorities include supporting a thriving and growing local economy, building a clean and safe environment for residents to flourish and a commitment to collaboration with all stakeholders.

Jeannine's personal story is characterized by struggle and perseverance. Adopted at a young age, Jeannine grew up very poor. She moved out of her home at the age of 16 and has worked since then. She made the move from her home state of Texas to California with her husband in 2005. After a decade of working multiple jobs while going to college, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Long Beach State University with a degree in sociology in 2009. She currently lives near Retro Row with her daughter, Jubilee.