Wrigley Greenbelt Project
Additional project updates and information will be published on an on-going basis.
Latest Updates – May 2022
The border for the pedestrian trail between 34th Street and 32nd Street has been installed. The border installation of the pedestrian trail at 26th Street has begun. Installation of the decomposed granite for the pedestrian trail between 34th Street and 32nd Street will begin in late May. The entire pedestrian trail is expected to be completed by early June 2022.
Construction for the Wrigley Greenbelt Project resumed at the beginning of December 2021. Work crews are currently working on the site's irrigation system. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of 2022.
Note: All construction and noise activity will be conducted Monday – Friday, from 7 AM – 4 PM.
As of July 2021, the Los Angeles County funded grants were successfully extended through May 31, 2022. We thank our County partners in providing the extension so the City of Long Beach can continue the Wrigley Greenbelt Project.
The Wrigley Greenbelt Project was also able to obtain funding from the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) which will aid in irrigation and landscaping for the project.
Tree Work and Wildlife
The project contractor completed the site’s remaining tree removal in late Fall of 2021. A tree replanting plan has been developed for the project and will be implemented prior to the completion of the project. A certified arborist oversees all tree removals in order to ensure best practice methods are followed. For every tree removed, three trees will be installed, resulting in an increase of at least 78 trees for a total of at least 165 trees on the project site.
Breakdown of tree removal and replacement:
87 trees were present on the site at the start of the project.
- 39 of the 87 trees were removed in total:
- 28 of the 39 trees removed were in poor/dead condition
- 11 of the 39 trees removed were in good condition, but were removed to accomodate the expansion of greenspace and the design of the pedestria trail.
The 48 remaining trees will not be removed.
- 12 of the 48 remaining trees were slated to be removed, but were saved due to plan modifications in an effort to save as many trees as possible.
The Department of Public Works takes great care in ensuring tree removals are handled in an environmentally responsible manner, which takes into account the wellbeing and care of all birds and wildlife. For this project, a biologist was hired to perform bird nesting surveys and provide advice and recommendations to the City. For information, view the latest Bird Nesting Survey.
Crews will cultivate and/or till the soil to eliminate existing weeds. For future weed prevention, the project team will utilize a Los Angeles County Agriculture approved chemical mix to be used before mulch and planting.
The Wrigley Greenbelt Master Plan was developed in 1993. Initial engagement for the Wrigley Greenbelt project began in 2007, with follow up outreach efforts taking place in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2021. The project was also part of the RiverLink Open Space Plan of 2007. Prior to the start of this project, area residents received door hangers providing information on this project. Construction signage was also installed at the site with details.
Project Contact Information
- Wrigley Greenbelt Community Meeting Presentation – October 26, 2021 – *The information presented in the most recent community meeting supersedes previous communication.
- Wrigley Greenbelt Community Meeting – October 26, 2021
- Wrigley Greenbelt Community Meeting Presentation – April 7, 2021
- Wrigley Greenbelt Plans – *Plans have been slightly modified since publication as a result of changes to lessen the number of trees removed. These plans were developed in 2017, prior to the City Council’s 2018 ban of products containing glyphosates, such as Roundup – no Roundup or other glyphosate product will be used in this project.
- Bird Nesting Survey – October 2021
- Bird Nesting Survey – May 2021
- Bird Nesting Survey – March 2021
- As of September 30, 2021, the City of Long Beach has been issued all 3 permits to resume construction: