location:
long beach, california

 

client:
city of long beach & southern california association of governments (SCAG)

 

size:
 streetlets: +/- 0.2 acres
wellness park: +/- 1 acre

 

land uses:
park/open space, park pavilions (commercial kitchen, classroom(s), & meeting space), and incubator office

Long Beach Blvd Streetlets & Wellness Parks

As part of the Long Beach Boulevard Specific Plan & EIR project, the plan focused on the physical transformation of a 2.5 mile-long segment of Long Beach Boulevard anchored by two major medical centers. A system of open spaces is created to provide much needed open space within walking distance to some of the densest neighborhoods in Long Beach and to promote health and wellness.  In addition to existing parks, three wellness parks are proposed, one at either end, and one centrally located along the corridor. These parks included fitness zones, with outdoor fitness equipment; park pavilions housing classroom(s), meeting space, and commercial kitchen for food education; fitness programs, such as yoga, zumba, and run clubs; and health and wellness education.

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Linking these three wellness parks are a series of streetlets. With the Metro Blue Line light rail and center median on Long Beach Boulevard, only major streets provide vehicular and pedestrian access across the boulevard.  Streetlets reclaim public street right-of-way on residential non-through streets from Long Beach Boulevard to the alley to create programmable urban pocket parks within the community. Each streetlet is strategically placed at 5-minute-walk intervals and are tied to a new or existing pedestrian crosswalks on Long Beach Boulevard.

 

The project depicted hereon is a project of Cooper Carry, Inc. Richard J Flierl was principal-in-charge of this project while employed by Cooper Carry, Inc.