$50,000 Grant From JetBlue Allows New Green Space Garden in Sixth District to Take Flight
2016-04-20 · By Editor
Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews is excited to announce that JetBlue will be providing a grant for $50,000 for a new Green Space Garden at MacArthur Park, located at 1321 E Anaheim St, Long Beach, CA 90813.
The project, in conjunction with Councilman Andrews and a local nonprofit, brings urban farming to Midtown, while getting people more connected to their food choices and activates healthy eating. “I am really excited to see this garden grow”, said Councilman Dee Andrews. “It will be a staple in the community that brings people together, and will provide fresh vegetables to those in need”. This will add to the more recent park additions that include the playground and Homeland Cultural Center facility improvements that were made possible by a special Park Grant. The playground equipment was provided via one-time infrastructure funds from the Office of Councilmember Andrews.
Councilman Andrews proposed the garden project late last year and has been waiting for the recent rehabilitation and new playground at MacArthur Park to be completed before he got the garden started.
JetBlue is delighted to partner with Councilman Andrews on this project. Last April, the airline held a TrueBlue points donation contest to determine where they should invest in a green space and Long Beach emerged as the clear winner. “Our customers in Long Beach demonstrated their commitment to a healthier environment and we are thrilled to add some greenery to their scenery this year,” said Kate Wetzel, manager of corporate social responsibility at JetBlue.
The project is expected to start this summer. There will be a huge build day planned so that the JetBlue crewmembers and their customers, along with the community can join together to make Long Beach a little bit greener. For more information call the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816.