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Hundreds Celebrate Wrigley Beautification

Port-sponsored community celebration caps weeklong projects

May 9, 2007

A Port-sponsored community celebration on Saturday, May 5 drew more than 400 residents to commemorate cleanup and beautification projects that planted more than 325 trees and shrubs in the Wrigley neighborhood.

The celebration was held at the Wrigley Greenbelt, the centerpiece of the cleanup and beautification project. Residents were treated to performances by local schoolchildren’s dance and musical groups, free tree seedlings, games, family activities, food and refreshments.

"Through our Harbor Arbor program we are bringing trees and other plants into our neighborhoods," Port Executive Director Richard D. Steinke told the gathering at the celebration. "This is your greenbelt. The greatest pride we can have as the Port of Long Beach is to come back every year and see how it has thrived." 

The celebration was hosted by the Port and Council District 7, in partnership with the City of Long Beach Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and Long Beach Organic. Weyerhaeuser Corp. donated hundreds of free tree seedlings.

The project was part of the Port’s "Harbor Arbor" program, which is bringing tree-planting and beautification projects to neighborhoods along the Long Beach (710) Freeway. Last year the Port provided landscaping and trees for Long Beach’s Hudson School and Coolidge Park.

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