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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 042414
Community Invited to Groundbreaking Ceremony to Enhance Peace Garden at Martin Luther King Jr Park
Susan Price

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (LBDHHS) in partnership with the Downtown Long Beach Lions Club invite the community to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the Peace Garden Enrichment Project on Saturday, April 26, at 11:00 am at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Ave., Long Beach.

"The improvements will help the garden promote healthy and sustainable food, along with peace, respect and understanding throughout Long Beach," Mayor Bob Foster said.

“It is a great pleasure of mine to have created one of the first community gardens in Long Beach and to see it continue to enrich our entire community,” said Councilmember Dee Andrews, who represents the 6th District. 

The Peace Garden, which is part of the LBDHHS Healthy Active Long Beach Program, opened at King Park in August 2010. The enrichment project will add a trellis over the garden's Learning Center, a drip irrigation system, a table and sink, an automatic vent and mist system for the greenhouse, and a seed library. The enrichment project also will enable the site to be better utilized for educational workshops and activities. 

The enrichment project is made possible thanks to a grant from the City of Long Beach Neighborhood Partnership Program and donations of money and labor from the Downtown Long Beach Lions Club and local businesses. The Downtown Long Beach Lions Club is a 501(c)3 nonprofit service organization established in 1921 to identify and fulfill the needs of the community of Long Beach.