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The Alleyway Improvement Project Continues in Rose Park Neighborhood

Neighbors came together on Saturday, March 12th to get to know each other and discuss ideas for improving the alleyway behind Pizza X Two, located on the north side of E7th Street between Dawson and Raymond Avenue.

We asked neighbors two questions:

1.) Tell us how they feel when walking or rolling through neighborhood alleyways.

2.) To share their ideas for alleyway improvement. What nonprofit organizations, agencies or city departments might serve as a resource to help with improvement?

Neighbors exchanged information and interests, and learned about ways to become involved.

Attendees stopped at the ArtWorksLBC table to create mosaic hearts for the “Hearts Across Long Beach” community project.

Roses for Rose Park volunteers created 5 more rose medallions for neighborhood businesses.

Attendees created mosaic hearts with ArtWorksLBC, a community benefit project.

Rose Park Neighbors utilized the alleyway for a fun, social place to gather.

Long-time residents, Gretchen Swanson and Eric White meet each other for the first time!

ArtWorksLBC volunteers Dana and daughter Nora facilitate the “Hearts Across Long Beach” project station with attendees.

Neighbors, event volunteers, and Council District 2 representatives felt grateful for a day of connecting with neighbors to make our neighborhood a better place to live!

The Alleyway Improvement Project event wrapped up with a visit from Duke Givens, Founder of Care Closet and two volunteers who came to do a clean up of our neighborhood alleyway. Care Closet is a nonprofit fighting homelessness for the people of Long Beach. ‘The core of Care Closet LBC is a steadfast commitment to meeting the needs of our brothers and sisters in the homeless community.’ Be sure to learn more about the work of Care Closet HERE.

If you are interested in volunteering with Rose Park Neighborhood to improve the safety, health and wellness of our communities, email info@rpna.org.


The second event for the Rose Park Neighborhood Alleyway Improvement Project was held on Saturday, June 26th from 4pm to 6pm in the alleyway between Temple and Ohio and 7th and 6th Street. The event included Roses for Rose Park, Rose Park Brewing, music, arts and crafts, succulent plants, alleyway improvement surveys, prize raffles, popcorn, refreshing mocktails and a visit from Councilmember Cindy Allen and Policy Director Rahul Sen.

Rose Park Resident and Board Member, Esmeralda Garcia hosts an arts and crafts table for attendees to make their own musical instrument.

Special thanks to attendees, our wonderful volunteers, and to America Walks for the Community Change Grant that aims to gather feedback from residents regarding their needs and ideas for improving our neighborhood alleyways! Community Change Grants support local, grassroots efforts to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active for all community members.

The 50 surveys we received from this event indicated the top 3 preferences for alleyway improvement:

  1. Paving
  2. Art
  3. Lighting

Questions? Comments? Email info@rpna.org and stay tuned for upcoming events and initiatives.