Long Beach, California: Rosie the Riveter Park

A park with an interactive trail honors the thousands of "Rosie the Riveters" whose assembly line efforts helped beat the bad guys in World War II.

Address:
4900 E. Conant St., Long Beach, CA
Directions:
Across the street from Long Beach City College, on the southwest corner of Clark Ave. and Conant St. Entrance to the parking lot is on the south side Conant St. just west of its intersection with Clark Ave.
Admission:
Free
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Rosie the Riveter Park.

Rosie the Riveter Park

World War II's "Rosie the Riveter" is honored in this unusual little park. This three-acre outdoor interpretive park is located just steps from the former site of the Douglas Aircraft plant where thousands of "Rosie the Riveters" worked to build aircraft for the war. Completed in August 2011, this park features a meandering walkway etched with a timeline of events during World War II, comments from women who worked on the assembly lines, and an interactive cell phone audio tour. Signs and photographs placed on poles along the walkway offer more details as well as comments from women who labored on the fighter-plane assembly line.

A feature of the park is a replica of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, and a bas relief sculpture depicting women assembling airplanes. Note: No restrooms, no water fountains.

[Wayne and Karen Brown, 05/28/2013]

Maybe the lack of facilities is part of an immersive tribute. Hard-working Rosie probably didn't get many bathroom or beverage breaks.


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