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Appendix A: Community Outreach

As part of the planning processes undertaken in this project, the design team and the San Pedro Bay Estuary Project (SPBEP) conducted nine community outreach meetings including four visioning meetings and five charrette meetings. Additionally, the SPBEP attended numerous community group meetings in the westside of Long Beach; at least one member of the design team was present at each of these meetings as well. The outreach meetings provided the invaluable first hand information of Long Beach and the westside of Long Beach that the design team needed to conduct a proper study and propose appropriate design solutions.

Appendix B: Further Case Study Reseach by James Chaddick

This appendix contains further information about the River Reconnection Case Studies relevant to the design of the Long Beach RiverLink project.

Appendix C: The Ecological and Social Benefits of the Urban Forest by Edward Anaya

It is increasingly rare to come across a beautifully shaded avenue lined with mature, spreading trees that to many of us represents the ideal in urban and community tree plantings. Trees and urban forests are essential components of our communities and make communities more livable. Studies show that trees and shrubs improve a community’s appearance, improve energy efficiency, improve water and air quality, increase property values, and create wildlife corridors. Trees are also a factor in retaining and attracting residents, which promotes community stability.

Appendix D: Targeted Wildlife Species

Cataloged in this appendix are habitats and special features that could possibly attract targeted wildlife species. Based on the Seattle Urban Nature Project classifications, the habitats which could reasonably be recreated along the river channel, and the wildlife they could potentially attract, are listed below. This information was adapted from the CH2M Hill Feasibility Study completed in May of 2002, and the California Department of Fish and Game.

Appendix E: The Complexity of Uses in Public Space Design -- A Study of the Design of Successful Urban Public Spaces by Jeremy Person

“Landscape architects must be advocates of ‘true publicness’ in our public places.” – Louise Mozingo (Mozingo,1995, p. 42)

If one were to look at many of the historic public squares and piazzas of the world, he or she would notice a commonality among them. These spaces, used by different cultures with different values throughout their histories, share the quality that they are seemingly void of programmed design elements. They are typically large, open paved spaces thought to accommodate massive gatherings, such as markets or chariot races. The Piazza Del Campo in Sienna, Italy and the National Mall in Washington, DC are historic examples of such spaces. Each was designed to accommodate various civic functions while allowing easy public access. By design, these spaces adapt to different uses brought by different communities and cultures. This is the quality that makes public space great. The world around us changes day by day, and great places must accommodate that change in their design. In a sense, they are able to morph; dynamically change in function in order to meet a community’s needs.

Appendix F: Educational Activities and Opportunities by Jon Loxley

Celebrating nature in the middle of the city through education and active involvement are two ways in which the design team of the RiverLink study would like to encourage public participation in the planning, development, and stewardship of community open spaces. The educational value of having the community involved in the stewardship of Long Beach open space is a commitment of the Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine. The department’s programs are designed to enhance the understanding of the local environment.

Appendix G: Native and Adapted Plant List

The following list provides plant materials suitable for general use along the Long Beach reach of the Los Angeles River. This list also applies to plantings at RiverLink Connections, along Pathways, and within Destinations. The plants are categorized based on appropriate habitat type as classified in the Urban Nature portion of The Long Beach RiverLink: Connecting City to River document. This is not a comprehensive list, however, it does reflect plants appropriate for use in Long Beach based on climate, historical occurrence, and habitat potential.

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