Fresh Renderings Released for Harvey Milk Park Upgrades in Downtown Long Beach

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Renderings courtesy of the City of Long Beach.

As I recently noted in a special piece about Harvey Milk Promenade Park (HMPP) in DTLB, as the park edges toward its fifth birthday this May, it has become a special place for both LGBTQ members and their allies throughout Long Beach: it hosts Trans Visibility Day annually, was the healing place for hundreds following the tragic events at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, and acts as the nation’s first park dedicated to the slain gay rights leader.

And it is deserving of some upgrades—which is precisely what the park will be receiving as crews fenced up the park for construction.

The project will convert the existing pocket park—HMPP is only 500 sq. ft.—into what the City hopes will be a more communal, collaborative space that will “increase economic development by connecting people and institutions through more open, diverse and inclusive public spaces for people to gather,” according to a release from the City.

Upgrades include new greenery, more seating options, a mural dedicated to Milk as well as an upgraded honor wall, along with new hardscaping.

The transformation comes well over a year after the City invited the community to provide their own take on what the park needs and should like in the future. Construction of the park is being managed by the Department of Public Works and is estimated for completion in May 2018.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food to politics to urban transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 12 nominations and an additional win for Best Political Commentary. Born in Big Bear, he has lived in Long Beach since college. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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