PRESS RELEASE

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

5/6/2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 050614
Subject:
Public Invited to Drake / Chavez Greenbelt Dedication on May 10
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov






Mayor Bob Foster, Vice Mayor Robert Garcia and the Departments of Parks, Recreation & Marine and Public Works invite the public to the dedication of the Drake/Chavez Greenbelt, on Saturday, May 10, at 10 am. The entrance is on the south side of Anaheim Street at Daisy Avenue.

"The Drake/Chavez Greenbelt is a very noteworthy project, because it will create continuous parkspace by linking existing parks," Mayor Bob Foster said. “The Drake/Chavez Greenbelt will drastically improve recreation opportunities and the quality of life for the entire community.” 

“The Drake/Chavez Greenbelt will provide needed open space and recreational activities while contributing to the revitalization of the downtown area,” said Vice Mayor Garcia, who represents the First Council District. “By acquiring 31 acres of former industrial and abandoned railroad property and developing it into wetlands, habitat, and active and passive recreation areas, we will be able to realize a long wished for goal of creating a 64-acre park from Cesar E. Chavez Park to Drake Park and also Loma Vista Park.” 

The continuous park space between Anaheim Street and Broadway will create linkages to the Los Angeles River Bike Path via a parkway trail leading to Anaheim Street.  Two new soccer fields will be constructed as part of the project.

Funding for the approximately $15 million project has come from the State of California, the Los Angeles County Park and Open Space District and the former Long Beach Redevelopment Agency.

For more information about the Drake / Chavez Greenbelt dedication event, call 562.570.3150.