Belmont Heights Greenlights Greenbelt

The Belmont Heights Neighborhood Association held a meeting on July 16th with the City of Long Beach – Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine to review and finalize the designs for the Long Beach Greenbelt south of 7th street.

At the meeting, many supporters for mixed-use gardening projects were addressed by Anna Mendiola, Park Development Officer for the City of Long Beach, who said she would meet with and discuss designs for north of 7th with the budding Zaferia Junction/Lincoln Heights neighborhood association (signup on if you live in the areas north of 7th surrounding the Greenbelt).

In the words of neighborhood member and meeting attendee, Barbara Sommars:

“Great turnout for the Greenbelt meeting last night! It’s so nice to see such interest in this very important project. The Belmont Heights Neighborhood Association seems quite happy with more of a park-like setting, while those of us who are North of 7th want something in the mixed-use realm that is more interactive and educational.

I believe we can have it all. Thank you Ryan Smolar and Tony Damico of Long Beach Fresh for bringing everyone together so we have a voice on this. Thank you to the Belmont Heights Neighborhood for allowing us to be present at your meeting.

Thanks to the Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine for listening, being open to new ideas and for answering all of our questions. Thank you Kristina Duggan, Field Deputy for Councilwoman Elect Suzie Price for coming out on your first day on the job, no less! I saw Joe Corso of Long Beach Organic, Tiffany Chen of Green Long Beach!, Ryan Serrano of Foodscape Long Beach, Dana Buchanan of Primal Alchemy Catering, Events and Community Kitchen, Long Beach Grows, Amy and Griselda of SlicedandDiced Eatery, Artist Jim Coke, some of my neighbors N. of 7th and more! I love how committed my friends are to greening up the Greenbelt and Long Beach as a whole!

We are still gathering support for this project, particularly from those who live between 7th St. and 11th St., between Loma and Ximeno. If you have friends in this area, please spread the word! If you’d like to lend your support to this movement electronically, you can fill out the form here: Let’s make this Greenbelt GREEN! “

photo by Barbara Sommars

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