MLK Parade + Day of Service + 6,000 Trees

MLK Parade + Day of Service

We are upon MLK weekend and there are a couple things I wanted to email you all about.

First, who would like to walk along the Vice Mayor in the MLK Day parade? We think it would be great to get a lot of our community leaders and residents to walk with him along the parade route. If interested, please contact Lena Gonzalez of the Vice Mayors office (562.570.6919 or sooner than soon so they know to expect you.

Here are the parade details:

The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue at Anaheim Street. It will head north on Martin Luther King, turn east on 19th Street, and turn north on Lemon Avenue.

**Parking is available at Long Beach City College at Orange Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, with shuttle buses running from 7:30 to 10 a.m.

Secondly, you are invited to participate in the Vice Mayor’s MLK Day of Service this Monday, Jan. 21st 2013. They are going to be cleaning the tree wells along 7th street from Alamitos to Long Beach Blvd. Please see the flyer available at this link for all of the details!!

6,000 trees are coming to Long Beach neighborhoods!   

The Neighborhood Services Bureau won a grant from the Port of Long Beach to plant 6,000 trees in two zones closest to the Port over the next seven years!   The trees will be planted with volunteer partners including neighborhood, business and community organizations & schools who will assist with outreach and education to residents prior to the tree plantings to help make sure the trees are watered and maintained once they are planted.

You are specially invited to attend the tree planting kick-off celebration/media event on Saturday, January 26, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at Silverado Park, 1546 W. 31st Street.

The event program will be led by the Mayor and the Harbor Commission.  The kick-off celebration will include the first volunteer tree planting of 50 trees along Silverado Park and Muir Elementary School.  This marks the first of the 6,000 trees to be planted in the two zones.

The neighborhoods in Port of Long Beach Zones 1a and 2a that will be included in the grant are generally bordered by:

  • Western Long Beach Border (west)
  • Market St. (north)
  • Walnut Ave. — and a section along the coast that spans almost to Redondo Ave. (east)
  • Southern Long Beach border (south)

The link to see the map can be seen at:

Represent our neighborhood by wearing your Willmore City t-shirt’s to help show the broad cross section of the community participating in this project.  If you would like to purchase a Willmore City T-shirt please contact us at

After this kick off event, Neighborhood Services will coordinate scheduling of additional tree plantings in eligible neighborhoods with your neighborhood, business and community groups.

For more information on the tree grant project, please contact Margaret Madden at or (562) 570-6830.

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