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©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor joins The Promenade Ribbon Cutting celebration
The Promenade

The Promenade Transformation Complete

A Wonderful New Way to Enjoy all Downtown Has to Offer

 

Today, Mayor Bob Foster and Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, 2nd District, celebrated the completion of The Promenade, whose pedestrian-oriented transformation connects the Downtown waterfront to three blocks of vastly improved residential, commercial, retail and restaurant venues.

 

“We are extremely proud of our work here on The Promenade,” Mayor Foster said. “These improvements are a great example of wonderful work of the former Redevelopment Agency that residents, businesses and visitors alike are still benefiting from.”

 

The Promenade features a beautifully landscaped walkway linking retail centers, the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, the Pine Avenue dining and entertainment district and the East Village Arts District. It now features three mixed-use developments, landscape and streetscape improvements, seating, public art plazas, Promenade Square, and a new and expanded Bikestation Long Beach that breathe life into the area.

 

“The Promenade is now an incredibly inviting public space where we can gather and connect with each other as a community,” Councilmember Lowenthal said. “By encouraging residents and visitors alike to meet, shop, eat, and stroll, we are enhancing the vibrancy of our wonderful Downtown.”

The third and final phase of The Promenade transformation, which was recently completed, includes upgraded storm drains, new hardscape, landscape, pedestrian and special lighting, new traffic signals, gateway signage, community chess tables, a dog rest area and site furnishings. Eight additional bike racks have been added to the nine originally planned for a total of 17 bike racks.

 

The public is invited to celebrate the newly completed Promenade during a free community mixer on Thursday, February 7, from 5 to 9 pm. The event coincides with the Downtown Long Beach Associates’ (DLBA) annual Celebrate Downtown event, which features the Spirit of Downtown Award; live entertainment; tastings from Promenade restaurants; a pet-friendly environment and free two-hour parking at the CityPlace parking structure. To RSVP please call 562.436.4259. For more information, visit www.downtownlongbeach.org.

 

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©2010 Bob Foster
Hundreds Join Mayor Foster at the (Long Beach)RED Rally

Hundreds of Long Beach community members gathered at the Terrace Theater Fountains on December 1 to watch several Downtown Long Beach structures illuminate in red light in honor of World AIDS Day.

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster initiated the illumination of some of downtown Long Beach’s most notable architectural structures in red lights. The structures included: Queen Mary; Terrace Theater Fountains; the Light House; Convention Center; Hyatt Hotel; Gazebo/Bird Cage; LED Wall Tree at Renaissance; Shoreline Square; Promenade; Pike Water Fountain (Shoreline Drive and Pine Avenue); THUMS Islands; Sky Room; and Pine Avenue + Madison Restaurant.

Terrace Theater Fountains before turning (RED)

The (Long Beach) RED rally hosted by Mayor Foster took place in front of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center’s Terrace Theater. Dr. Audra Deveikis, Long Beach Memorial Center’s Director of Pediatric Family HIV Center, spoke about the current status on the fight against AIDS and encouraged rally attendees to support efforts such as (Long Beach)RED.

Mayor Foster with the representatives of the four nonprofits that benefitted from the (Long Beach)RED DINE fundraiser.

The (Long Beach)RED event was a join effort between Mayor Foster, the Downtown Long Beach Associates and the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Nineteen downtown Long Beach restaurants donated a portion of December 1’s dinner proceeds to four nonprofit organizations that focus on AIDS related care and education in Long Beach. These nonprofits are the Long Beach AIDS Foundation, Wells House Hospice Foundation, The Center’s HIV Counseling and Testing Program, and Long Beach C.A.R.E. Program.

©2010 Bob Foster
Long Beach Turns (RED) on December 1

Mayor Foster, Downtown Long Beach Associates and Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau join in AIDS awareness event.

Mayor Bob Foster, the Downtown Long Beach Associates and the Long Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau will participate in an international event designed to raise awareness and support for the fight to eliminate AIDS by turning downtown (Long Beach) RED on the evening of December 1, 2010.

“I’m inviting the Long Beach community to take part of World AIDS Day on December 1 at the (Long Beach) RED rally,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “We hope that hundreds of people will join us as we light up the downtown area red as a visual reminder that we can all make a difference in the fight against AIDS.”

The (Long Beach) RED rally hosted by Mayor Foster will begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center’s Terrace Theater. At the conclusion of the rally, Mayor Foster will initiate the illumination of some of downtown Long Beach’s most notable architectural structures in red lights. The first 500 attendees will be given free after-party admission to SIP at the Long Beach Renaissance hotel following the Terrace Theater gathering.

Participating downtown Long Beach restaurants will also donate a portion of their evening’s revenue on December 1 to four nonprofit organizations: Long Beach AIDS Foundation, Wells House Hospice Foundation, The Center’s HIV Counseling and Testing Program, and Long Beach C.A.R.E. Program.

For more information on (Long Beach) RED, visit Mayor Bob Foster’s Facebook fan page (search “Mayor Bob Foster”) or www.LongBeachRED.com.

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