Long Beach events for Creek Freaks

April 2, 2011 § 3 Comments

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Two events that Long Beach Creek Freaks might like:

Today, Saturday  (happening, er, now) is a trash cleanup at the Willow Gulch/Walnut Springs site. Community members fought hard to spare this site from leveling for sports fields in the early 2000’s. The Gulch has a piped, spring-fed stream running through it. In fact, those springs were Long Beach’s original water source – and the source of water for the little hamlet of Willowville (see photos above). The stream is gone, but some remnant habitat recolonized the site. You can hear tree frogs croaking in a retention basin in the late afternoons. The sports field concept has taken the back burner – I am hopeful a more ecological concept take shape.

Tomorrow, Sunday, the Prisk Native Garden in Long Beach is having its open house. Check out 8,000 square feet of native landscaping in a school setting!

Prisk Native Garden Open House for the general public is Sunday, April 3, from one to four p.m.
We’re on the ground of Prisk Elementary School, 2375 Fanwood Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815. From the north take the 405 Fwy. to the Paloverde exit in Long Beach. When you come down the ramp make a sharp right on Los Arcos.
The garden is about two and a half blocks down on the right near the corner of San Vicente and Los Arcos (around corner from school office).

Here’s some news coverage about the garden: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2010/04/prisk-native-garden-open-house-on-sunday-from-1-to-4-pm.html

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§ 3 Responses to Long Beach events for Creek Freaks

  • Mike Letteriello says:

    Thanks for the shout-out, guys. Nice to see.

    I can say a trip to our garden is well worth it. We’ve become a real critter habitat over time as well as a garden.
    We’ve just hooked up with our local Fish & Game biologist
    who will authorize us to collect some Arroyo Chub
    for our pond. We’re a tad excited about that.

    There may be some drizzle tomorrow morn. But press on!
    M

  • Merilee says:

    I participated in the Willow Gulch/Walnut Springs cleanup today, along with about 20 others from the community. The City Councilperson, James Johnson, is very excited about the possibilities for the site, 55 acres of open space with 2 wetland areas and a high point with a nice view of PV. He’s got a meeting coming up with folks from Signal Hill to discuss ways of incorporating their open space/recreation plans to see how the areas can be connected.

  • Jessica Hall says:

    Thanks to both of you for letting me know about the events! Keep us posted!

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