Shameless promoting? Sure. Perhaps abusing the green movement? Maybe. But if there is one thing that is certain, it is this: Long Beach is in dire need green space—and by Long Beach, I mean West Long Beach.
We’ve talked about massive projects, like the much-needed Terminal Island Freeway removal project led by nonprofit City Fabrick. And the reason we’ve talked specifically about the West Side is simple: the residents of West Long Beach have a paltry acre per 1,000 residents or what amounts to about a soccer field. This is far below the National Recreation and Parks Association’s standards for a Healthy City, set at a minimum of 10 acres of parks for every 1,000 of its residents. In fact, it’s legally deemed “park poor,” particularly compared to the East Side, a portion of Long Beach that averages a staggering 16.7 acres/1,000 residents thanks to the massive 650 acre El Dorado Park.
In this sense, Long Beach is a tale of two cities. And while we know this and there are (beyond impressive) efforts to change it, are there more simple ways we can perhaps greenify the West Side?
Join in on an all-too-cheesy-but-kinda-awesome voting competition.
Jet Blue, one of the Long Beach Airport’s most significant (if not the most significant of) partners, has long held a belief in green policy. The New York-based airliner has—for seven years running—implemented a program known as the One Thing That’s Green initiative. The campaign has been no small feat, where in New York City alone, the company has planted some 3,000 trees while cleaning up 35,000 tons of trash.
But this year, the company wants to broaden one of the cities it flies in and out of by launching its Add Greenery to Your Scenery campaign, where the denizens of cities JetBlue serves will have the chance to vote for their own city to be greenified.
C’mon, Long Beach, we got this.