These Parks Were Made For Walking: Explore Long Beach’s Best Parks for Walking • Long Beach Post

This post is part of our inaugural Park Week Series: Long Beach is for Park Lovers. This week, we will be celebrating parks and open space in the city and beyond. To see all posts for this series, click here.


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If you are like most Americans, you probably spend up to 10 hours a day sitting. And if you are also like most Americans, that sedentary lifestyle has increased your risks for various ailments from heart disease to diabetes and can even shorten your lifespan by seven years.

The simplest way to counteract our lazy lifestyles need not be too difficult or expensive-it can actually be a walk in the park. (Literally.)

Many reports have shown that individuals who engage in moderate exercise daily could reverse many of the symptoms that come with a sedentary lifestyle as well as having anti-aging benefits that could add years to your life.

Local non-profit organization Walk Long Beach has taken note of these benefits and created a series of ‘Walking Loops’ throughout Long Beach. The loops vary in length, difficulty, and theme, but should be accessible for most people.

Some of our earliest and most popular walking loops in the series include parks around the City. We have compiled a list of these loops below, which you can download and print directly from here.

At the intersection of the San Gabriel River and Los Angeles Coyotes Creek, El Dorado Park is one of the region’s largest parks. The Nature Center is a picturesque experience of native California habitat. 

Distance: 3.3 miles

Difficulty: 3/5

Pro tip: El Dorado Nature Center Trails are open from 8am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday.

Download Nature Center Walking Loop Card

 

Take this leisure walk through the western half of Heartwell Park, the city’s second largest park containing the Ruth Bach Neighborhood Library, an 18-hole golf course, campsites and many recreation fields.

Distance: 3.0 miles

Difficulty: 2/5

Pro tip: The park includes areas leased to the Girls Scouts of America and to the Camp Fire Girls for overnight camping.

Download Heartwell west Walking Loop Card

 

 

This 40 acre manufactured wetland parallels the Los Angeles River, spanning from North Long Beach to the Southern edge of Virginia Country Club. The natural landscape and habitat is an urban oasis. 

Distance: 2.7 miles

Difficulty: 4/5

Pro tip: The wetlands include multiple observation decks and vantage points to bird-watch

Download Dominguez Gap South Walking Loop Card

 

 

This waterfront stroll combines metropolitan comforts with a deep appreciation for the local watershed and habitat as you walk through Marina Green Park, rainbow Lagoon, and the Long Beach Marina

Distance: 3.0 miles

Difficulty: 2/5

Pro tip: Cultural and entertainment events are regularly programmed in this area, make sure to check for any path closures or detours.

Download Downtown Waterfront Walking Loop Card

 

 

A stroll through Scherer Park leads to the other side of the tracks, then to natural portions of the Los Angeles River, and through some of the most unique neighborhoods in the city. 

Distance: 3.3 miles

Difficulty: 3/5

Pro tip: The County flood control channel along the northern edge of the park masks the adjacent neighborhood, making it look like an endless forest, which you can enter via a short pedestrian bridge.

Download Scherer Park Walking Loop Card

 

East of Memorial Hospital is nature’s triumph over urban infrastructure in Willow Springs Park, along with the Sunrise Historic District and the earliest cemeteries of the city

Distance: 2.45 miles

Difficulty: 4/5

Pro tip: Farm Lot 59, located by Willow Springs Park, provides fresh produce to the community as well as nutrition and farming education for students and locals.

Download Willow Springs Walking Loop Card

 

The tour of the Top of Town will go through Houghton Park, the recreational and cultural heart of the North Long Beach community. 

Distance: 2.73 miles

Difficulty: 1/5

Pro tip: Houghton park is in the process of creating a new master plan and vision to update the park for future generations. Learn more and get involved at the Imagine Houghton website.

Download Willow Springs Walking Loop Card

Printed cards are also available at the Walk Long Beach office, located in Downtown Long Beach’s East Village at 425 East 4th street, behind Atlantic Studios and Lyon’s Art Supply. Contact Walk Long Beach Executive Director Steve Gerhardt at [email protected] for more information.

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