PRESS RELEASE

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

3/29/2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:032918B
Subject:
Re-envisioned Harvey Milk Park Construction Underway
Contact:
Craig Beck, Director
Department of Public Works
562.570.6771
Craig.Beck@longbeach.gov





In mid-March 2018, construction activities began on the new re-envisioned Harvey Milk Promenade Park and Equality Plaza (Harvey Milk Park), located at 3rd Street and the Promenade.
This project converts the existing 500-square-foot Harvey Milk Park, into an outdoor public space encouraging collaboration and connectivity, as well as celebrates the legacy of Harvey Milk and the local LGBTQ+ community.

“We created Harvey Milk Park when I represented the Downtown on the City Council, and it has become an important gathering place for the public and to honor so many LBGTQ leaders in our city,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I’m excited about the investments and improvements coming to the park.”

Site improvements will include:

·         New landscape and hardscape.

·         A stage for events.

·         An improved honor wall honoring local LGBTQ+ leaders.

·         A mural honoring Harvey Milk.

·         Charging stations.

·         Shade.

·         Comfortable seating.

“The transformation at Harvey Milk Park not only represents a new opportunity for residents to connect with each other in a public space but it highlights the importance of the LGBTQ+ community in Long Beach,” said Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez. “I am so thankful to all of our Harvey Milk Park Equality Plaza Committee Members who helped to design this park as a constant reminder of the fight for equal rights in Long Beach and throughout our nation.”


The Park redesign goal of implementing a more collaborative public space is part of a larger City initiative to increase economic development in Long Beach by connecting people and institutions through more open, diverse, and inclusive public spaces for people to gather.

City staff conducted an extensive, user-centered process to understand residents’ needs. The community was invited to test and vote on the types of furniture and technology solutions they would like to see at the re-envisioned park. Construction of the park is being managed by the Department of Public Works and is estimated for completion in May 2018.

Harvey Milk Park is the first park in Long Beach, CA named after an openly gay person, and the first park in the nation named after civil rights leader Harvey Milk.

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