LB to host grand opening of restored Willow Springs Park Wetlands

The public is invited to attend a grand-opening ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 10am for the restoration of Willow Springs Park Wetlands, 2755 Orange Ave.
“This restoration will allow the public to experience the historical, natural surroundings of Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “From hiking to nature exploration to educational experiences, this project will provide enhanced recreational activities and much needed open space for residents.”
The wetlands is a 12-acre project within the 48-acre Willow Springs Park. It features a walking loop that takes visitors through a series of water-capturing bioswales that flow to: 43,000 square feet of restored seasonal wetlands; 12 acres of open space with native plants and trees; a constructed spring mimicking the original artesian spring that provided water to early Long Beach; a water-retention basin that cleans and diverts water from the Los Angeles River to be reused onsite; and an outdoor classroom for environmental education.
“The City has worked to transform this area from an inaccessible rugged landscape to a wetlands and recreational area,” said 7th District Councilmember Roberto Uranga. “I am eager for the public to enjoy the views and the opportunity to relax and enjoy nature.”
The project included:the removal of non-native trees and damaged piping; the planting of approximately 200 native and riparian tree species and 6,440 native drought-tolerant plants; installation of 209,000 square-feet of irrigation; construction of 43,000 square feet of ponding areas and 1,700 square feet of bioswales; and conversion of a dirt access road to a 2,400-foot pedestrian trail with public access via entry points at Orange and California avenues.
Funding for this project came largely from the Urban Greening for Sustainable Communities Grant Program, funded by the California Natural Resources Agency through Proposition 84, which awarded Long Beach $924,000 in June 2014.
For more information regarding the event, call Gladys Kaiser, manager of Community Recreation Services, at (562) 570-3150.

Source: City of LB

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