After Years of Talks, Long Beach’s Red Car Greenway in Belmont Heights to Break Ground
Renderings courtesy of the City of Long Beach.
Fenced off for well over a decade, the 3.7-acre expanse of land that sits just west of Park Avenue at 4th Street was once the right-of-way for the Pacific Electric Red Car trolleys that carried thousands of visitors across SoCal from 1901 until their demise in 1953.
Come this Saturday, the City will finally break ground to turn the green space into a full-on park.
Dubbed the Red Car Greenway, its main feature will be a key cog in connecting the city’s bikeways: as the 6th Street bike lane begins construction, connecting Bellflower Blvd. all the way to Burbank Elementary at Junipero via 6th, a deviation from 6th will lead to the Red Car Greenway and Colorado Lagoon. Bicyclists can then connect to Marine Stadium and PCH should they wish.
The 6th Street bike boulevard will also include a bike counter (like that on the beach path), curb extensions, bioswales, and other improvements. The total cost, $1.1M (as opposed to the original $903K costs) will be funded entirely through transportation and capital project grants.
According to the City, the greenway project will feature pathway lighting, trail boulders for seating, trash receptacles and doggie bag dispensers, wood grain textured concrete fencing at entries, and secondary decorative concrete pedestrian trails along the length of the greenbelt, connecting to local streets adjacent to the greenbelt.
The Red Car Greenway is estimated to cost $1.05M and includes the contract award amount of $741,663, including contingency, and the cost for design, construction management, labor compliance and project oversight. The total Project cost is supported by $300,000 funding from the Los Angeles County Regional Parks and Open Space District Grant, $450,000 from the State of California Land and Water State Conservation Fund, $81,000 from the Los Angeles County Supervisor’s Office, $150,000 from Measure A (2016) , and $69,354 from Third Council District Fiscal Year (FY) 14 one-time funds. The funding is appropriated in the Capital Projects Fund (CP) in the Public Works Department.