Ocean-Friendly Rain and Community Garden Project at the District 9 Field Office

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The Ocean-Friendly Rain and Community Garden Project is a collaborative sustainability effort organized by Grant Neighborhood Association, Hamilton Neighborhood Association, Leadership Long Beach, Long Beach Surf rider Chapter, Council District 9, and the Office of Sustainability in the City of Long Beach. Completion of the project will provide the 9th District field office and community with numerous environmental and human health benefits.

Volunteers are needed on both days of project implementation. Please contact (562) 570-6137 or councildistrict9@longbeach.gov in order to lend a hand towards the effort.

"Demo Day" - Sunday, January 10th, 2016
Shift I: 3 hrs (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Shift II: Shift II: 3 hrs (12:00 - 3:00 p.m.)

"Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service" - Monday, January 18th, 2016
Shift I: 4 hours (8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Shift II: 3 hours (12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Our "Demo Day" will serve as preparation for the "MLK Day of Service", focusing on the removal of dirt, grassroots, and other debris from areas within the field office landscape. Preparation for a potential community garden will also be made, clearing the designated area (rear of District 9 field office) of operation, removal of a tree stump, weeds, and other unwanted fauna.

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and commitment to service, our "Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service" includes: propagation/ planting of trees, shrubs, and drought-tolerant, native plants, application of a paper-sheet barrier that will be covered with mulch, construction of bioswales within specified parkway space, and solidification of our ocean-garden as a "Monarch Butterfly Way station". Monarch Way stations are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Completion of the project will also reduce our landscape's water-footprint, flooding at the intersection of Gundry and 65th, increased removal of silt and pollution from surface runoff water (bioswales) and supply of ecosystem services, and improved visual aesthetic through creative design.

Upon completion of the effort, lunch will be served at the field office. Take part in shaping what sustainability means for District 9, as we look to set an example through this project!

For any specific questions regarding the project dates or landscape designs, email: darrell.patterson@longbeach.gov or call Darrell Everett Patterson Jr. at (562) 570-6137.

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