City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 092520
City of Long Beach Expands Open Streets on Pine Avenue
Jennifer Carey
Community Relations Officer
Public Works Department
(562) 500-9177

The Long Beach Open Streets Initiative continues to provide COVID-19 support for local businesses. Beginning Friday, Sept. 25, Pine Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets will  close to vehicular traffic to accommodate a second Pine Avenue Open Streets location. The closure will provide outdoor space for dining and other approved services. This Open Streets closure is in addition to the current closure on Pine Avenue, between 1st and 3rd Streets.

“Open Streets, and particularly the innovative use of Pine Avenue, has been incredibly exciting to watch take hold,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Businesses are thriving outdoors and it’s been a great experience for diners and our restaurants in these spaces.”

In addition to the Pine Avenue closures, more than 100 parklet locations have been installed throughout the city, providing businesses with an outdoor space to provide physically-distanced services. 

“With its concentration of businesses and restaurants, Downtown needs as much outdoor space as possible so business can thrive and residents have safe access to services,” said Councilwoman Mary Zendajas. 

It’s been exciting to see Pine Avenue come back to life with the installation of Open Streets,” said Councilmember Jeannine Pearce. “The expansion of this program is a welcomed development with the opportunity to create diverse and vibrant corridors.”

While vehicular traffic on Pine Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets will be prohibited, 4th Street and 5th Street both will remain open to accommodate through traffic. Marked loading and delivery zones have been established throughout the area to accommodate curbside pick-up.

“As always, DLBA supports building a strong consensus among stakeholders, as was accomplished with those located on Pine Avenue between 1st and 3rd Streets,” said President and CEO of Downtown Long Beach Alliance (DLBA) Kraig Kojian. “We will continue to communicate and collaborate with our partners and monitor the reactions from establishments located within this section of Pine Avenue.”

The Open Streets Initiative was approved by the City Council in June 2020 in response to State Health Orders closing indoor dining and other businesses due to COVID-19. On Sept. 15, the City Council approved the closure of Pine Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets, providing additional space for businesses along the corridor to operate.

Participating businesses must adhere to the current City of Long Beach Health Order and complete the Business Open Streets Interest Form. Additional information on the Pine Avenue closure and resources for businesses in the area can be found on the Pine Avenue Closure page.

Long Beach businesses interested in having a parklet or outdoor space at their location should visit the Long Beach Open Streets page to learn more and fill out an online inquiry form. Parklet installation and street closures are free to businesses

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