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Red Car Greenway

Release Date: 2017-08-17

Long Beach is dedicated to adding more open space and new parks, so it's exciting to announce a groundbreaking ceremony for the Red Car Greenway. The Red Car Greenway will be a great new open space for local residents. It will connect many neighborhoods in East Long Beach and provide much needed green space and recreational opportunities.

The Red Car Greenway is a 3.66-acre project that will consist of a ten-foot wide decorative concrete pedestrian walking trail and drought-tolerant native landscaping on the former Pacific Electric Right-of-Way between Park Avenue and Ximeno Avenue. The Project will feature a trailhead at the entrance on Fourth Street at Park Avenue and will be crossed by a bike path at Sixth Street, which connects to the City’s bike route network.

The Project is Phase 2 of the Pacific Electric Greenbelt Master Plan, which starts at the intersection of Park Avenue and Fourth Street and extends northwest to Loma Avenue. In addition to recreation facilities, the greenbelt extension provides safe access for pedestrians and cyclists to neighboring schools, connecting our communities in a new way.

The Project incorporates sustainable design features. The water efficient landscape design will exceed the efficiency limits set by the State. The green space will also help reduce the heat island effect and provide pedestrians and cyclist paths for improved connectivity and safety.

The Red Car Greenway is estimated to cost more than $1 million and is supported with funding from a Los Angeles County Regional Parks and Open Space District grant, the State of California Land and Water State Conservation Fund, the Los Angeles County Fourth District Supervisor's Office, $150,000 from Measure A, and from Third Council District Fiscal Year one-time funds.

Go Long Beach,
Mayor Robert Garcia

P.S. Please join Councilwoman Suzie Price and me for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Red Car Greenway on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at the northwest corner of Fourth Street and Park Avenue.