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Future Opportunities for Connectivity

Future opportunities exist across Long Beach utilizing the RiverLink framework. These projects exist outside of the scope of this study, yet their successful completion will solidify connections between the city and the river, from neighborhoods to parks, and from parks to the rivers. They will also augment current planning and economic development.

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Downtown Districts

  • Chavez Park to Victory Park
  • North Long Beach
  • Market Street at Long Beach Boulevard
  • Atlantic Avenue
  • Northwest Long Beach and Coolidge Park
  • 67th Street Site
  • Edison Yards

West Bank Neighborhoods

  • West Dominguez Gap
  • West Edison yards
  • Santa Fe Ave
  • Pedestrian Connections
  • Ports of Long Beach

Pedestrian Bridge Extension Concept

Central and Eastern Long Beach

  • Red Car Greenbelt

San Gabriel River

  • San Gabriel River Greenway

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Creative Redefinitions of Open Space

The RiverLink vision will help develop approximately 176 acres of continuous open space, and potential park lands along the Los Angeles River. However, considering all potential park and open space development across the city, Long Beach will still be short 120 acres to complete their ultimate goal of 1080 new acres of open space. In response to this shortfall, the design team suggests the following creative strategies. Even if not considered as parkland for passive or active use, the creative development of open space, planted with native Southern California plant species, will have these benefits for the city:

  • Reduction in energy use and cost - due to the shade and evaporative cooling benefits associated with native trees and plants.
  • Reduction of the urban heat island effect – due to native trees’ and plants’ ability to absorb and metabolize solar radiation.
  • Reduction in water use – due to less water use by native trees and plants compared with nonnative, water-loving invasive species.
  • Increase in the absorption of pollutants – due to native trees and plants acting as “sinks,” absorbing and metabolizing carbon dioxide and other hazardous substances.
  • Increase in urban wildlife habitat – due to native trees and plants providing areas for breeding, cover, and forage.
  • Reduction in urban runoff – due to native trees and plants absorbing rainwater, versus runoff from hard impermeable pavements.
  • Increase in community aesthetics and general well being – due to many social and psychological benefits related open space creation. (Roseland, 1998)

Rethinking the Streets

The rethinking of streets as open space paths involves the reevaluation of street setbacks, medians and lane sizing, as well as the adaptation of the streetscapes to become landscaped pathways with amenities. There is an opportunity to entice the residents of Long Beach out of their cars, to walk along the streets, therefore reducing vehicular emissions and adding to the benefits of exercise and better social contact with their neighbors. The design team estimates that for every mile of streetscape with thirty feet of landscape treatment, be it median or sidewalk, over 3.5 acres of open space opportunities are created.

  • Alleys of Opportunity
  • Ephemeral Open Spaces
  • Green Roofs and Roof Top Gardens
  • Freeway Interchanges and Underpasses


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