Community Invited to Assist in the Development of New Peace Garden at Martin Luther King Jr. Park

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garden MLK Park peace gardenCity of Long Beach 6th District Councilman Dee Andrews, Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Weed & Seed Program, Department of Parks, Recreation & Marine, Central Neighborhood Advisory Committee (CNAC), the South Wrigley Neighborhood Advisory Group (NAG) and the Peace Garden Leadership Group cordially invite you to assist in the development of the new community Peace Garden, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 14th and August 21st. The garden is located at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, DHHS Central Facilities Center, 1133 Rhea Street, Long Beach, CA 90806.

Located in the heart of Long Beach, the Peace Garden is a community grass roots project that Councilman Andrews brought to fruition in January of 2010, as a part of the Annual Long Beach Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Week. The idea and focus of the project is to bring the community together in peace and harmony in honor of Dr. King’s teachings. “All gardens are sanctuaries, areas of peace where we can relax and unwind from the stresses of day-to-day living. This peace garden is a special place to reconnect with yourself and your community. I envision all ages and races side by side in this garden, growing and planting together in peace”, said Councilman Dee Andrews. “I am so grateful for the community groups and volunteers like the DHHS Long Beach Weed & Seed Program, CNAC, NAG, and the Peace Garden Leadership Group for their commitment to this project and sharing the vision of peace for our City”, continued Andrews.

The garden will include community lots, a horseshoe garden, a small orchard, a monarch butterfly garden, a shaded meditation area, and a learning center. Community volunteers are invited to learn and share their knowledge or skills with neighbors, while working in the garden. Extra gardening tools are needed so please bring yours to share if possible. High School Community Service/Volunteer hours are available.

For more information call the Office of Councilman Dee Andrews at (562) 570-6816 or log on to the 6th District website.

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