PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

8/15/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:081518A
Subject:
City of Long Beach Hosts Inaugural Ranchos Walk Event
Contact:
Larry Rich, Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
City Manager’s Office
562.570.5839
Larry.Rich@longbeach.gov




The City of Long Beach invites the community to experience Long Beach in a whole new way at its inaugural Ranchos Walk event on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Beginning at 8 a.m., participants will take a walk-through history as they follow a trail that links Rancho Los Alamitos and Rancho Los Cerritos. This 9.4-mile scenic walk also connects the California State University, Long Beach campus, Reservoir Hill, Hilltop Park in Signal Hill, Longview Point at Willow Springs Park and Rancho Los Cerritos. Participation in the event is free, and online registration is available at www.longbeach.gov/ranchoswalk.

“The Ranchos Walk Event is a fun and active way for Long Beach residents and visitors to explore parts of the city they have never experienced before,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to get out and enjoy Long Beach together.”

In addition to the full 9.5-mile urban hike, the event will also feature 6-mile and 3.5-mile route options for participants. Long Beach Transit will be operating a shuttle service along the route to return participants to the starting point, connect them to rest stops, and shuttle them car-free to the beginning of the walk. Shuttle stop locations will be available soon on the event webpage.

“The Ranchos Walk follows the crest of the Signal Hill uplift so participants will be able to see the city from high viewpoints they maybe didn’t know existed before,” said Larry Rich, Sustainability Coordinator. “This path is near one that would have connected the Ranchos before Long Beach was founded.”

The City’s Office of Sustainability, Department of Public Works and Department of Health and Human Services have partnered with Walk Long Beach to host this urban hike event that coincides with California Pedestrian Safety Month. The event seeks to create an active and fun way for hikers to discover neighborhoods, historic landmarks and vista points, while also highlighting pedestrian safety and awareness.

"The Ranchos Walk is our first epic walk across Long Beach, and we hope many people come out and enjoy walking at least a portion of the route," said Steve Gerhardt, Executive Director of Walk Long Beach. "We're excited to be partnering with the City on this, and are grateful for the support of the Port of Long Beach and for the supporting grant from the AARP Community Challenge program. The Ranchos Walk was one of 129 projects in the country selected by AARP this year.”

The Ranchos Walk will end at Rancho Los Cerritos with a Welcome Festival where participants can enjoy food and refreshments, and have an opportunity to tour the Rancho. There will not be a formal tour of Rancho Los Alamitos; however, participants are welcome to explore the facility on their own, after the event.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About the Office of Sustainability

The City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability works to create a more sustainable community by engaging with individuals, neighborhoods and government to reduce our impact on the environment and protect our local natural resources. Our mission is to provide policies and programs that advance environmental stewardship, support local sustainability practices, and create a more livable and resilient Long Beach. Find more information at www.lbsustainability.com and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @lbsustainability.

About Public Works

The Long Beach Public Works Department strives to operate, preserve, and enhance the City's physical infrastructure and transportation systems, as well as preserve the upkeep of the cityscape with a robust refuse and recycling service that serves more than 120,000 residential and commercial customers. The Department provides a variety of community services including the repair, rehabilitation and general upkeep of City streets, trees, sidewalks, and City structures. Public Works also provides emergency support services throughout the City. Visit us at http://www.longbeach.gov/pw/, "Like" us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

About Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

The mission of the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is to improve quality of life by promoting a safe and healthy community in which to live, work and play. Long Beach Health is one of only three city-run health departments in California, which allows for better engagement with residents, neighborhoods, businesses and community partners, and fosters a greater understanding of the City's strengths. For more information, visit us at www.longbeach.gov/health, "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

About Walk Long Beach

Walk Long Beach (WLB) is about creating and strengthening more sustainable and equitable communities through the lens of walkability and pedestrian safety. This includes advocacy for more walkable neighborhoods and commercial districts, better pedestrian connections to schools, activity centers and corridors, senior and social service centers, and access to public transit.