Construction on a new garden for children in Long Beach will begin Tuesday with a ground-breaking ceremony. Set for 10 a.m. at Cesar Chavez Park, 395 Golden Ave., the ceremony will include Willmore Historic District residents.
"The new Children's Garden will be a
great new space for neighborhood children to grow their own food, learn
about farming, and apply those skills in the adjacent kitchen at the park
community center," said City Councilman Robert Garcia. "We intend
to host cooking classes, as well as lessons on healthy eating and urban
farming at both the garden and the community center."
The ground-breaking ceremony will take place
adjacent to the Jenny Oropeza community center, in Downtown Long Beach.
The new garden is 4,800-square-feet and will include
a decorative gate and entrance, raised plots, and seating. The project
is being led by Kathleen Irvine, president of Willmore City Neighborhood
"This project is close to my heart,
and I am extremely grateful to the city, all the volunteers, and our community
partners," Irvine said.