As a part of its broader economic development efforts, the City of Long Beach is transforming Harvey Milk Park and Equality Plaza into an outdoor, public collaborative space that encourages creativity and interaction.

Starting December 5 with an Outdoor Furniture Showcase event. Designers from around the world competed to demonstrate their cutting-edge furniture to the public, and now is your chance to help decide which pieces will have a permanent home at Harvey Milk Park.

Long Beach is conducting this initiative in partnership with Citymart, a New York-based company that transforms the way cities solve challenges. Long Beach is also a Knight Cities Challenge winner, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which awarded the City $300,000 to help make this vision a reality at Harvey Milk Park.

We here at the DLBA also funded $10,000 to test augmented reality in a public place. This Furniture Showcase is one example of how the City is finding innovative ways of using public space to bring people together and out of their office buildings during the day.

It doesn’t end with the furniture showcase, the space will continue to be activated throughout early December:

  • December 7, 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, Eat and Greet
  • December 9, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Ping Pong Battle and other games
  • December 14, 8:00 to 10:30 am, Coffee and Conversation
  • December 15, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Legacy of Harvey Milk, an Augmented Reality Project

A Bike Share station is located across the street from Harvey Milk Park, and free two-hour parking is available nearby at 50 E. 3rd Street. Learn more about the Harvey Milk Park Project and the various ways to participate at www.innovatelb.com/showcase