Harvey Milk Promenade Park and Equality Plaza is the first park in Long Beach, CA named after an openly gay person, and the first park in the nation named after civil rights leader Harvey Milk. The park and plaza beautified an empty paved area at the end of a pedestrian promenade between a busy street and a tall parking structure and provides a bit of inspiring open space in a crowded urban environment.
“Long Beach Recreation,” a historic Works Progress Administration (WPA) mosaic mural, located at the northern terminus of The Promenade had to be incorporated in the design. The monumental mosaic illustrates many local activities and pays homage to its original location at the former Municipal Auditorium (now home to the Convention & Entertainment Center). Originally installed in 1938, the mosaic was saved from demolition and installed at City Place in 1982.
The seating, chess tables, and planted areas provide a place to rest along the long Promenade walkway. California native plants including a small grove of orange trees provide environmentally sustainable landscaping.
A focal point of the park is Equality Plaza, an area dedicated to recognizing local area LGBT leaders and their contributions to Long Beach and the gay civil rights movement.