Councilmember James Johnson and Others Hosts Willow Springs Park Grand Opening Celebration

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Councilmember James Johnson

On Thursday, November 1, 2012 7th District Councilmember James Johnson, in partnership with Signal Hill Petroleum, the Port of Long Beach, and the Arts Council, will celebrate the Grand Opening of the first phase of Willow Springs Park with a free jazz concert. The first 4-acre section, to be called Longview Point, of this historic property will be dedicated as public open space after 130 years of City ownership.

“The need for recreation opportunities and open space continues to grow in northern, central, and western portions of Long Beach,” said Councilmember Johnson. “Willow Springs Park is an opportunity to develop over 40 acres of City-owned land into a natural oasis the whole region can enjoy. The time has come to start opening this property to the public to enjoy this natural open space in the middle of our city.”

Located on the highest point in Long Beach, Willow Springs Park offers sweeping views of Downtown Long Beach, Catalina Island, Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains. When complete, this park will be the largest park developed in Long Beach since El Dorado Park opened in 1952.

The free jazz concert is Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at Willow Springs Park, 2745 Orange Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806.

Residents are encouraged to bring a picnic basket and lawn chair as they enjoy the free concert and panoramic views that Willow Springs Park has to offer.

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