Friends of Bixby Park To Host Community Clean Up, Launches “Keep Our Parks Clean” 2010 Campaign

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Friends of Bixby Park, devoted exclusively to the renovation and preservation of historical Bixby Park Long Beach, has partnered with Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine to launch a “Keep Our Parks Clean” campaign, debuting on Saturday, November 20th , with a community park clean up scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. till Noon at the park. The community clean up event will be co-sponsored by Vans, which will provide a “Keep Our Park Clean”-themed banner for the skate park area and host a skate demo at the park. Bixby Park is located at 1st and Cherry Streets. For more information on how to get involved or participate in the community clean up, please call (562) 983-8139.

“Bixby Park’s Community Clean Up will provide a great opportunity for neighbors and locals to help maintain the 100-year-old park’s grounds while celebrating the launch of this new community effort,” said Phil Hester, Director of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine.

Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine worked closely with Friends of Bixby Park to create a campaign that promises to make a difference in the park’s appearance. The banner artwork was designed by LB Parks, Recreation and Marine Department, and features a family walking through a park with trees. The banner features a modern Arts and Crafts feel with muted shades of yellow, brown and green. Friends of Bixby Park submitted artwork inspiration by a 1930s WPA poster campaign for national parks. The Department of Park and Recreation has decided to use this same design for all of its parks, Hester said.

All volunteers for general pick up are welcome, as are tree and plant maintenance volunteers. Clean up materials and gardening materials will be provided by the City of Long Beach and Vans. Coffee and muffins will be provided to volunteers.

About Friends of Bixby Park:
Friends of Bixby Parks mission is to preserve the historic integrity and improve the public utility of this city landmark by restoring and maintaining the grounds for beautification and revitalization of the park for both residents and visitors. Bixby Park has engaged locals for more than 100 years, becoming a common gathering place in the 1920s for lunching local families and tourists. It has been a site for many political groups, and today it is the center of its community and fosters education and new memories for local families. It is the most commonly used park in Long Beach and totals 16.7 acres. On the grounds there are activity areas, a playground for children, a bluff overlooking the sea, and stairs leading down to the ocean.

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