BELLFLOWER WILL WAIT FOR ITS MASCOT ‘TIL THE COW COMES HOMEBy Greater Long Beach
Belle the Cow, the massive bronze mascot of the City of Bellflower, finally has a home—a spot near the trailhead of the city’s bike-and-pedestrian path, where Woodruff Ave., Flora Vista St. and Flower St. intersect—and tentative plans are to move her in within the next six months, according to a story by Arnold Adler in this week’s Herald American.
The Bellflower City Council commissioned Belle—6 feet tall, 8 ½ feet long, 3 ½ feet wide and 1,500 pounds—in September 2009, as a $95,000 tribute to the city’s name and its historical connection to the dairy farms that once proliferated in the area.
But less than two years later—in June 2011—nobody seemed to remember where they intended to put her. Former City Manager Mike Egan, who now holds that position in the City of Norwalk, scouted various locations, on property public and private, including Kaiser Permanente clinic at Rosecrans Avenue and Clark Street, several parks, the Carpenter House Museum at Caruthers Park, and several major intersections.
But in an April 23 agreement, the City Council accepted the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s offer to lease the site along the former Union Pacific right-of-way—now the bike-and-pedestrian trail—for three years at no cost.
Installation is expected to require from $10,000 to $20,000, the money coming from the city’s Public Arts account, established in 2005 and funded by a one-percent levy on developers or builders on the cost of their projects.