Complementing the City of Long Beach’s redevelopment efforts to improve Pacific Avenue through the Wrigley Village Streetscape Project, the Wrigley Village Community Garden will soon begin its service to the area by offering a space for residents of all ages and incomes to grow and eat healthy, organic, local food. The garden, located at 2044 Pacific Avenue in the heart of the Pacific Corridor, will also boast a community orchard, picnic tables and composting area.
Thanks to sponsors Long Beach Organic, Annette LaBarca (of SISco Business Services Inc.), City of Long Beach Neighborhood Leadership Program team Waves 4 Change, the Wrigley Association, and the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, the garden will offer a youth gardening program and free educational workshops, as well as serving as a “green” site for art installations and community events.
A celebration at the garden site on Saturday, Aug. 1 will kick off at 10am with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30am. Local dignitaries and city management will be present as keynote speakers. Festivities will include opportunity drawings, music, kids activities such as “stepping stone painting” and a “how to” seed-starting demonstration. Renee’s Garden Seeds and Botanical Interests will provide complimentary seeds for kids.
Along with offering an opportunity for garden space sign-ups, there will be information booths from local groups such as Beach Greens, Long Beach Organic, Wrigley YEL team, Wrigley Association, LBPD, LBFD and more.