Long Beach Celebrates Official Opening of Wrigley Greenbelt
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~ Today, the City of Long Beach celebrated the official opening of Wrigley Greenbelt with a ribbon cutting ceremony. This grant-funded community project provides restoration and preservation of green space in Long Beach's Wrigley Neighborhood along the I-710 freeway.

Mayor Rex Richardson expressed his enthusiasm for the project, saying "We continue to identify ways to make our parks and open spaces sustainable while also encouraging healthy, active living. The new and improved Wrigley Greenbelt will benefit our community for many years to come."

Located at De Forest Avenue between 26th Way and 34th Street, the Wrigley Greenbelt includes new improvements such as a one-mile walking trail, new picnic tables, and a sustainable design with new landscaping of drought resistant native plants, a new irrigation system, and dry stream beds to improve stormwater runoff. These enhancements will elevate visitor experience and provide the community a place for recreation, exercise and more. New native trees have been planted providing a green buffer to improve air quality, while benefiting wildlife and the local ecosystem.

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Seventh District Councilmember Roberto Uranga commented on the project saying "The enhancements made to the Wrigley Greenbelt will become an asset for this community. It will offer residents in this neighborhood the opportunity to take in the beautiful sustainable landscape and enjoy the new walking path just in time for summer."

The Wrigley Greenbelt project is a $3.82 million project with funding support totaling $1.62 million from Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District (LACRPOSD) grant funding; $1 million from Park Impact fees, and $1.2 million from Construction & Demolition Recycling Program funds. Cal Fire grants were also secured by Conservation Corps of Long Beach, the project partner. To continue restoration efforts and maintenance for the greenbelt, State Senator Lena Gonzalez has earmarked $1.2 Million for the project.

Today marked an important milestone in Long Beach's history as it celebrated its newest addition - The Wrigley Greenbelt - which is sure to benefit its community for many years to come with its sustainable design features such as drought resistant native plants, a new irrigation system, dry stream beds to improve stormwater runoff as well as providing air quality improvements through its green buffer of native trees planted throughout its one-mile walking trail area. More information about this project can be found on The Department of Public Works' webpage.

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