The Rainbow Bridge
Long Beach has added a beautifully artistic and colorful architectural icon to its downtown cityscape. The Rainbow Bridge is a newly opened 605-foot elevated pedestrian walkway in Long Beach’s downtown waterfront. Long Beach’s Mayor Robert Garcia, the City Council, and City management team worked together with the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and the Convention & Visitors Bureau to design and build the $10-million bridge, the newest addition to the Convention Center’s $60 million renovation and upgrade.
“We needed a shorter way for people to get from one side of our Convention Center Campus to the other, but we wanted something that would visually complement the modern, contemporary style of our Center’s new special event venues,” said Steve Goodling, President & CEO of the Long Beach CVB.
“Our team looked at a lot of designs, but when we saw the proposal from SPF: architects, we knew we had a winner. The Rainbow Bridge is more than a walkway—it is a functional piece of art!”
The arched canopy of the bridge brings to mind the rolling contour of a breaking wave, and at night the LED lights can be programmed to create colorful waves of light cresting overhead. Illuminated by 3,500 LED lights, 100 downlights and 70 floodlights, the bridge will be an eye-catching attraction for Long Beach’s downtown waterfront. The lights are programmable to create musical lightshows. Bench seating alongside California native foliage and landscaping will provide conference attendees, visitors, and residents a place to pause and enjoy spectacular city views.
Running east and west above the north side of Seaside Way, the bridge provides an efficient shortcut from the north entrances of the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center on Pine Avenue to the Terrace Theater Plaza, The Cove, Seaside Ballroom and Meeting Rooms, and the Long Beach Arena and Pacific Ballroom. It significantly reduces the walking time between locations, further enhances public access to the Center and the downtown waterfront, and improves pedestrian safety by separating walkers from vehicular traffic on Seaside Way.
The Rainbow Bridge is destined to become a visual centerpiece and popular attraction in the city’s busting downtown waterfront.