Willow Springs Park. Click on image for larger file.
To Barnes’ knowledge, this would be the only municipal honeybee sanctuary in the region, and possibly the state of California.
By Courtney Tompkins
Long Beach Press Telegram
Feb 7, 2017
A backyard beekeeping club is on the verge of creating the first honeybee sanctuary in a Long Beach city park – thanks in part to a local attorney, who offered his expertise in exchange for honey.
The Long Beach Beekeepers has been working to build an educational center that doubles as a safe haven for unwanted hives at Willow Springs Park for nearly two years now, but a series of holdups and bureaucratic hurdles had repeatedly halted progress.
After seeing a story about the problems in a September article in the Press-Telegram, attorney David Zeligs decided to help. He donated his services, including helping the group become a nonprofit in order to obtain liability insurance, a costly and complicated process.
“I thought it was a great cause where I could make a difference,” Zeligs said.