Promenade Square Grand Opening Saturday, July 24
2010-07-23 · By Editor
On Saturday, July 24, the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA), along with Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, 2nd District, will celebrate the grand opening of Promenade Square, a common area located next to The Promenade at First Street. The Promenade Square grand opening celebration will begin at 10:00 am with a ribbon cutting and dedication of the public art plaza. There will also be a free yoga session at the square at 6:00 pm, and a free movie (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) will be shown later in the evening at 8:30 pm. The public is invited to attend.The former amphitheater site, now called Promenade Square, provides additional green space downtown. Improvements include a public art installation titled “Aerial Plaza” by artist Carl Cheng, plus a variety of new trees, landscaping, new lighting, and a beautiful copper water wall flanking a stage that can be used for performances designed by landscape architect Jon Cicchetti.
“I know I speak for many residents downtown who’ve been waiting anxiously to celebrate the opening of Promenade Square,” said Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, whose district includes the square. “Public spaces are where we relate to each other, recharge our spirits and build a sense of community, so I am excited by the potential for this space to serve residents and businesses.”
Promenade Square will be available to the community for individual enjoyment or small gatherings, as well as larger organized special events including celebrations, concerts, festivals, and free movies in the square.
“When completed, the Redevelopment Agency will have invested approximately $11.7 million in the redevelopment of the three-block Promenade,” said Amy Bodek, Executive Director of the RDA. “We are excited and proud to share this new asset with the community. Infill projects like this are vital to enhancing the urban fabric of great cities, and this is no exception.”
During the last three years, the RDA has been facilitating the renewal of The Promenade, the City’s unique downtown pedestrian walkway that stretches from Ocean Boulevard to 3rd Street. With the completion of three new mixed-use developments, landscape and streetscape improvements, and Promenade Square, The Promenade is once again a destination that both residents and visitors alike can enjoy.