Mayor Robert Garcia, Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal, Councilwoman Suzie Price, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, and the Tidelands Capital Improvement Division invite the public to the Grand Opening of the new Beach Pedestrian Path on Saturday, May 30. The opening ceremony will be held at Marina Green Park, 386 E. Shoreline Drive at 9:30 am. A Beach Path Celebration 5K Run will begin at 10 a.m.
"The new path increases beach access and coastal recreation opportunities, and promotes an active and healthy lifestyle," said Mayor Garcia.
The new path is exclusively for pedestrians and joggers, and is located just north of the existing beach bike path.
“A path designated specifically for walkers and runners improves safety for everyone,” said Vice Mayor Lowenthal. “Greater safety and access will inspire more residents to use our wonderful beach for recreation and enjoyment.”
The opening ceremony will feature food trucks, a Kid's Zone and a concert by the premier '80s and ‘90s tribute band “Knyght Ryder” at Marina Green Park.
“This is the first official event on the new path, and it's going to be a wonderful community celebration,” said Councilwoman Price. “I encourage residents to experience the new path and enjoy scenic ocean views of Long Beach.”
The 11-foot wide pedestrian path runs along 3.1 miles of the city’s shoreline between Shoreline Drive and 54th Place at Belmont Shore. The new path was constructed from a resin-based surface that is durable enough to withstand the coastal environment, but also less rigid and more conducive to walking and running than concrete.
Dogs and other animals are not allowed on the path.
Run Racing, the producers of the Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon, and Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine will celebrate the path’s opening with a free 5K race on the new path. The first 1,000 registrants are eligible for a commemorative bib and medal. The field has been filled, but waitlist registrations are being accepted. For more information, visit www.runracing.com
and click on “events.”
The project required the relocation of the existing bicycle path inland at a few locations, new pedestrian/bicycle ramps at the Belmont Pier, reconfiguration of storm-drain outlets, improvements to the Belmont Pier Parking Lot, installation of turf area at Cherry Beach, and new signage and striping.
For more information about the new Beach Pedestrian Path opening event, call 562.570.3150.