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The Office of 6th District Long Beach Councilmember Dee Andrews along with the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, Long Beach Transit and the Long Beach Departments of Parks, Recreation and Marine and Public Works invite the public to a grand opening event for Rosa Parks Park on Saturday, May 21, at 10 am. Rosa Parks Park is located at Alamitos Avenue and 15th Street.
“Rosa Parks Park is a source of pride for the 6th District and the entire City of Long Beach. Visitors to the park will be reminded of Rosa Parks, whose courageous act elevated respect for the freedom and dignity for all people in our country,” said Councilmember Dee Andrews.
Councilmember Andrews is also dedicating an oak tree, rightly named the “Tree of Equality,” to recognize the contributions of Long Beach Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and its president Naomi Rainey. Other features of the new park include a walkway surrounded by native plants, a decorative raised planter and water friendly landscaping.
Rosa Parks Park was funded by the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency and will include amenities that celebrate the neighborhood. Councilmember Andrews was instrumental in working with Long Beach Transit, which provided $100,000 to enhance a bus stop in the park, which is near New Hope Senior Home; install energy efficient LED lighting; and fund the commemorative art piece of Rosa Parks, which is the centerpiece of the park.
“Roses for Rosa” by artist Pat Ward Williams uses a rose as a visual theme for the Rosa Parks Park. Nestled in the roots of a “Heritage Tree” is a portrait of Rosa Parks. Black granite tiles sandblasted with Rosa Parks motifs and biographic information are placed along the walkway
For more information on the Rosa Parks Park dedication, call 562.570.3150.
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