Councilmember Johnson to Announce Name For Largest Park Since 1952
2012-07-27 · By Editor
On August 3rd, at First Fridays, Councilmember James Johnson will announce the permanent name recommended for the largest park to be developed in Long Beach since 1952. The park, located in the center of the city between Willow and Spring Streets, Orange and California Avenues, has had the working title of “California Gardens” since Councilmember Johnson announced his intent to create a park out of the 47-acre site that has sat largely vacant since the City purchased the land 130 years ago.
The name announcement will occur at 7 p.m. at The Factory as part of August’s First Fridays Art Walk. Councilmember Johnson will then recommend the City Council send the name to the Parks and Recreation Commission for continued input and approval. In addition to the park naming announcement, there will be information for residents on the Master Planning Process for the park that is currently underway. Additionally, information will be provided for the first phase of development, a 4-acre hilltop park to open on November 1st, 2012. This first phase is the highest point in Long Beach, offering panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Los Angeles Basin. This 4-acre park recently hosted a concert and park-preview on July 4th.
This 47-acre property began as the City’s original water source in 1882 and has played a large part in the history of Long Beach, including leading to the naming of Willow and Spring Streets. To learn more about the history and future of this 47-acre park, visit www.JamesJohnsonLB.com/cagardens.