The City of Long Beach invites the community to experience Long Beach by foot at its second annual Ranchos Walk, Saturday, September 28, 2019. Beginning at 8 a.m., participants will take a walk through history as they follow a trail that links Rancho Los Alamitos and Rancho Los Cerritos. The two ranchos, which once comprised all of present-day Long Beach, are now City-owned museums operated by nonprofit foundations.
“The Ranchos Walk connects residents to their city’s neighborhoods and its history,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I encourage everyone to head out and meet their neighbors on this grand walk across Long Beach and explore Rancho Los Alamitos and Rancho Los Cerritos, two of the city’s historic gems.”
This 9.4-mile scenic walk begins at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and winds through Reservoir Hill, Hilltop Park in Signal Hill and Longview Point at Willow Springs Park before concluding at Rancho Los Cerritos. In addition to the full 9.4-mile urban hike, walkers have the option of abbreviated 6-mile and 3.5-mile routes. Long Beach Transit will offer free shuttle service along the route to return participants to the starting point, connect them to rest stops and shuttle them to the beginning of the walk.
“We hope residents and visitors will learn more about their city and its topography and history through participating in the Ranchos Walk,” said Larry Rich, Long Beach’s Sustainability Coordinator. “Helping to foster a sense of place for participants can lead to better stewardship of the places we live, work, and play.”
Rancho Los Alamitos will help welcome guests at CSULB. The Ranchos Walk will conclude at Rancho Los Cerritos with a festival celebrating the Rancho’s 175th anniversary. Participants will be able to enjoy live music from the Long Beach Poly High School Jazz Combo and The Bernie Pearl Blues Band, kids’ activities, a “Brewery Knolls” beer garden featuring Liberation Brewing Co., food vendors, a 175th birthday cake-cutting ceremony and self-guided tours of the historic adobe building.
The City’s Office of Sustainability, Department of Public Works and Department of Health and Human Services partnered with Walk Long Beach, Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Alamitos to host this free urban hike. The event coincides with California Pedestrian Safety Month.
“The Ranchos Walk last year was our first epic walk across Long Beach, and we hope many more people come out and enjoy walking at least a portion of the route this year,” said Steve Gerhardt, Executive Director of Walk Long Beach. “We want to keep building the momentum for walking for all purposes in Long Beach.”
Participation in the event is free, and online registration is available at www.longbeach.gov/ranchoswalk. For an audio tour with navigation instructions and historical information along the route, participants can download the izi.Travel app, available on the App Store or on Google Play.
Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.
About the Office of Sustainability
The City of Long Beach Office of Sustainability works to create a more sustainable community by engaging with individuals, neighborhoods and government to reduce our impact on the environment and protect our local natural resources. Our mission is to provide policies and programs that advance environmental stewardship, support local sustainability practices, and create a more livable and resilient Long Beach. Find more information atwww.longbeach.gov/sustainability and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @lbsustainability.