Volunteers make safety a beautiful thing

April 23, 2013 by  

Anaheim residents visiting Long Beach might wish to check out the stretch of Broadway that runs between Nieto and Park Avenue. The formerly wide and weedy median that was there is now a wide and wonderful looking medium, thanks to the volunteer efforts of a large number of people this month.

Center medians are designed for the functional purpose of keeping opposing lanes of traffic from wandering into each other, but the work has proven that just because they are not designed to be attractive does not mean they cannot be transformed into something beautiful with just a little work. In conjunction with the city of Long Beach, which provided street closures and mulch, what was once a wild mass of whatever the wind blew in and took root is now beautifully landscaped.

Pretty enough for a postcard printing, the median now sports succulents, kangaroo paw and sea statice plants interspersed among newly planted trees. The free mulch, provided by the city as part of its Office of Sustainability’s grant, is the same as that available to any Long Beach resident upon request. The city even makes free deliveries.

Among the volunteers were several CSULB fraternities, together with members of St. Bart’s Church and Lowell Elementary. Additionally, there were employees from Councilmember De Long’s Office, the Long Beach Prosecutor’s office, the Comerica Bank, and Studio 1-11.

Thanks to the new median, and the volunteer efforts of many community-minded individuals, the streets of one part of the Belmont area of Long Beach are both safer and prettier.