New Farmers Market And Center Space Offers West Long Beach Residents New Opportunities To Connect
2012-04-18 · By Editor
As an old saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. And with Center Space, the newest project from the Catalyst Network of Communities, residents of West Long Beach can now have access to healthy foods and fitness activities. On Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 9am – 2pm, the grand opening kick-off event at Admiral Kidd Park, 2125 Santa Fe Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90810 will mark the beginning of weekly activities including a certified farmers market, hot food vendors, Zumba, yoga, soccer clinics, exercise classes, interactive workshops, music and entertainment. “Center Space is our way of creating a place for residents to experience community together,” says Catalyst founder Eric Leocadio.
Residents are encouraged to bring their families and friends to the kick-off event and to keep coming every Saturday morning to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, participate in exercise activities, and sign up for workshops or volunteer projects. West Long Beach resident Hank Gastineau says, “I’m excited about the certified farmers market coming to the west-side. We’ve all got to shop for food and what better way to get to know your neighbors than spending time at the park.”
Center Space was created as a way of bringing the community together to connect, collaborate, and share resources. The first Center Space location in West Long Beach will help activate an area that currently does not have a grocery store or the kind of community activity that attracts large crowds on a regular basis.
The Kick-off event on April 21st will feature the new certified farmers market, hot food vendors, gourmet food trucks (Buttermilk, The Lime Truck, and Grill ‘Em All), St. Mary’s glucose screenings, Cabrillo High School Steel Drum Band, Jordan High School Latino Dance Ensemble, live DJ music, musicians, performances, dancers, Zumba and Yoga demonstrations, Long Beach Free Store, guest speakers, kids’ activities, and information booths with community organizations.
Union Bank, a Center Space sponsor, will also announce the opening of the first full service ATM in West Long Beach located at the West Division Police Station, 1835 Santa Fe Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90810. Other Center Space sponsors include The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach, Long Beach Community Foundation, Long Beach Parks & Rec, Let’s Move LB, and Long Beach City Councilman James Johnson.
Center Space is a project of the Catalyst Network of Communities. Collaborating partners on the organizing team include Long Beach Time Exchange, T’s Space, Leap Frog Yoga, The Narra Project, Team Zumba USA, Shift Long Beach, and the Greener Good Farmers Market.