PRESS RELEASE

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

3/20/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:032018A
Subject:
Public Invited to Attend Red Car Greenbelt Grand Opening Ceremony Scheduled for March 24
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov






The public is invited to attend a grand opening celebration for the Red Car Greenbelt on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 12:00 p.m., at the northwest corner of 4th Street and Park Avenue.

"The Red Car Greenbelt will enhance Long Beach’s walkability and bikeability with a newly paved path that adds routes for walkers and links to the bike path at 6th Street,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.

The Red Car Greenbelt is a 3.66-acre project that consists of a ten-foot wide decorative concrete pedestrian walking trail and drought-tolerant native landscaping on the former Pacific Electric Right-of-Way (PE ROW), between Park Avenue and Ximeno Avenue. The project is part of the PE ROW Greenbelt Master Plan, which starts at the intersection of Park Avenue and 4th Street and extends northwest to Loma Avenue.

The project features trailheads at the entrance on 4th Street at Park Avenue and at the entrance on Ximeno Avenue, south of 7th Street. The 6th Street Bike Boulevard crosses the trail at 6th Street and connects the Greenbelt to the City’s bike route network.

“The new Red Car Greenbelt is a wonderful example of an unused area being transformed into much needed recreational open space,” said Councilwoman Suzie Price. “This new park connects last year's Red Car Greenbelt built in Greenbelt Heights all the way down to the Colorado Lagoon. Residents can walk, bike, or just relax in the beautifully landscaped setting creating a much-needed community park with one of the last undeveloped spaces in the district. I am so thankful for the community involvement and input that has led to this fantastic new neighborhood park.”

The project will feature:

  • Pathway lighting.
  • Trail boulders for seating.
  • Trash receptacles and doggie bag dispensers.
  • Wood grain textured concrete fencing at entries.
  • Secondary decorative concrete pedestrian trails along the length of the greenbelt, connecting to local streets adjacent to the greenbelt.

The Project incorporates sustainable design features that include a selection of native shrubs and hydro seeding mixes containing California natural grassland and coastal wildflower. The water-efficient landscape design will exceed the efficiency limits set by the State. The proposed green space will create shade that reduces the temperature of the surrounding area, leading to reduced energy use, and providing pedestrians and cyclist paths for improved connectivity and safety.

The Red Car Greenbelt total cost amounts to $1,150,000, which is made possible by:  $450,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund; $300,000 in Proposition A Competitive Excess Grant funds from the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District; $180,000 from the Los Angeles County Fourth Supervisory District Excess Funds Program; $150,000 from Measure A; and $70,000 from Council District Three FY 14 non-recurring funds.

About Measure A

In 2016, Long Beach voters recognized a pressing need to maintain and enhance public safety services and invest in City infrastructure. Thanks to the passage of Measure A, Fire Engine 8, Rescue 12, South Division, and Police Academy operations have been restored, enhancing public safety citywide. The City is also making a historic investment in revitalizing heavily utilized public spaces such as streets, libraries, community centers, and parks. Anticipated to raise $384 million for the City of Long Beach, over ten years, Measure A is collected as a one percent sales tax for the first six years, and then reduces to half a percent in the four years before it sunsets.

For more information, visit: www.longbeach.gov/MeasureA.

About Public Works

The Long Beach Public Works Department strives to operate, preserve, and enhance the City's physical infrastructure and transportation systems. 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 Parks, Recreation and Marine

The Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is one of the premier parks and recreation departments in the country, is consistently recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, and has received the national Gold Medal Award four times. PRM operates 170 parks with 26 community centers; two major tennis centers; an animal shelter; one of the busiest municipal golf systems in the country with five courses; and the largest municipally operated marina system in the nation with over 3,200 boat slips. More than 3,200 acres are developed for recreation. The Department offers approximately 2,400 contract classes (fitness, health, enrichment) to people of all ages (newborn to senior) every year; after-school programs at 26 sites during the school year; and summer programs for youth 5-12 years old. Other unique sites include multiple community gardens, a municipal cemetery, more than 38 miles of bike trails, 10 dog parks, and eight skate parks.

For more information about Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine programs and services, visit www.lbparks.org. Please “Like” us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @LongBeachParks.