Best Buddies

©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: YMCA, Best Buddies Friendship Walk and Baker Street Park
Baker Park

Mayor Foster attended several events on Saturday.


The YMCA of Greater Long Beach hosted the Healthy Kids Day, a community event at Heartwell Park.  The free event included Fire Truck Tours, a Petting Zoo, Mobile Technology Lab, Cooking Demos, and Bike Safety Stations.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Mayor Foster with Sue Baker of YMCA of Greater Long Beach.


Mayor Foster helped to kick-off the 3rd Annual Best Buddies California Friendship Walk.  The Friendship Walk fundraiser benefits the seven Best Buddies programs in California: Middle School, High School, and College friendship programs, Jobs, Buddy Ambassadors, E-buddies and Promoters.  Best Buddies is a nonprofit dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Best Buddies

The Mayor with David Gauthier, one of the Best Buddies participants. David works in Mayor Foster’s office.


Saturday was also the grand opening of Baker Street Park. The new 1.25-acre park includes picnic areas, a small universally accessible playground and a walking path.



The park project is funded with $500,000 from the Los Angeles County Park District, $100,000 from Long Beach Container Terminal Inc. and park impact fees. Partners of Parks accepted the $100,000 donation from the Long Beach Container Terminal Inc. to be able to include the small universally accessible playground at the park.


Baker Street Park

Councilman James Johnson and Mayor Foster with members of the Encinas family. In the 1900s Gregorio Encinas purchased the land that is now the site of Baker Street Park from the Bixby family. The Encinas family was one of California’s early pioneering families and used the land to create a large ranch and farm.





Baker Street Park

Baker Street Park ribbon-cutting


©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: David goes to Washington DC

We just wanted to share a special photo from this morning.  David G. from the Mayor’s office is on his second Washington D.C. trip with Best Buddies for Hill Day.  David is with a group of representatives from Best Buddies and Special Olympics to visit members of Congress and the Senate to advocate on legislation, supporting government programs that address the needs of people with intellectual disabilities, and the passing of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Act.

David and Nicole, a Special Olympics athlete, stand outside of the U.S. Capitol.

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