Help Redesign the 51st Street Greenbelt During an Earth Day Pop Up Party Saturday

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A Pop Up Party at the 51st Street Greenbelt in North Long Beach on Saturday will give community members a chance to provide input for the redesign of the park. The Earth Day celebration will offer family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, face painting and more, from 9:30AM to 11:30AM.

With the goal of better activating the park, the redesign seeks to balance open and activity spaces, and could include a walking path, adult and youth fitness stations, a youth bicycle education course, shade trees and native drought-tolerant landscaping to complement the nearby DeForest Wetlands, according to the release.

“We invite the community to celebrate Earth Day with great activities and resources, while also helping design a new greenbelt that will better serve the neighborhood and add to the more than 40 acres of new green space coming to the Eighth District,” Councilmember Al Austin said in a statement.

Organizers will be handing out free healthy snacks and other giveaways, with the event set to the music of local award-winning artist Gregg Young. Community members can also bring homegrown fruits and vegetables to trade them with neighbors during a community crop swap hosted by the city’s health and human services department.

The event is hosted by Councilmember Al Austin, in partnership with the city’s Departments of Public Works, Health and Human Services, and Parks, Recreation and Marine.

The 51st Street Greenbelt is located on DeForest Avenue between 51st and 52nd streets, north of Del Amo Boulevard and east of the Los Angeles River.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.