Tour Long Beach’s Willow Gulch aka California Gardens Wednesday Evening

June 27, 2011 § 4 Comments

Thanks to Long Beach Auduon’s Mary Parsell for forwarding this invite to tour the Willow Gulch aka California Gardens this Wednesday evening:

Councilmember Johnson would like to invite you once again to an upcoming tour of California Gardens, the 56 acre undeveloped property behind Sunnyside Cemetery. This property, rich in history, contains a diverse topography, endangered species, native plants, the 2nd highest hill in Long Beach, two wetlands, and a working water basin. This water basin is part of the storm drain network that comes from the 405 freeway, makes its way into the basin, and then flows into another pipe where it exits into the Los Angeles River. The tour will be with Councilmember Johnson and Larry Rich, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Long Beach. The tour will be on: Wednesday, June 29th, 5:30-7:00PM Entrance is located on the corner of 27th St. and California Ave. Plenty of parking available on 27th Street. The property is located at 2700 California Ave. Hope you can join us!

This Creek Freak is glad to see the City of Long Beach take an interest in the habitat quality of the site.  We’ve written about it here (photo! map!) and here. A community effort prevented the ravine of the original stream from being filled – and I hope that daylighting will be in its future.

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§ 4 Responses to Tour Long Beach’s Willow Gulch aka California Gardens Wednesday Evening

  • Mike Letteriello says:

    Saw that property a couple of months back and was excited about its
    (very long term) prospects. Nature does find a way. I saw remnant willows in the property that echo the old riparian watercourse of the turn of the last century. It’s fun to visualize its comeback.

  • Mary Parsell says:

    Birds: Red-tailed Hawks, American Kestral, hundreds of swallows, Brown Towhee, House Finch, Lesser Goldfinch seen in June

    Last December 2010: California Gnatcatcher and Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher in the same bush seen by four people from El Dorado Audubon

    Thanks for publishing. El Dorado Audubon

  • Dave Hall says:

    The Willmore City Enterprise, the newsletter of the Willmore City Heritage Association has an article on “Past is Present: Willow Gulch and Farm Lot 59” in their March, 2012 newsletter. Go to or for more information. And thanks, Mary Parsell for the Audubon Society’s input!


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