Los Angeles County Regional Park and the Open Space District announced Thursday, July 14, that they will allocate more than $9 million to support the development of park projects in communities that need open space the most.
Funding for the grant comes from Measure A, LA County’s Safe and Clean Neighborhood Parks and Beaches Measure — a package tax approved by voters in 2016.
Norma Edith Garcia-Gonzalez, district manager, said in a statement that the funds will be essential for the creation of parks in communities that have significantly less park area than the county average.
“This is a bold investment in communities and in building a greener Los Angeles County for everyone,” Garcia-Gonzalez said.
County officials applauded the Technical Assistance Program, which was created from Measure A funding and helps organizations with grant program applications for their park projects. On Thursday, officials aimed to introduce TAP to community members and connect them to available services.
“Park equity is our primary goal, and the Technical Assistance Program helps level the playing field for park projects in our high and very high needs communities,” said Holly Mitchell, Board Chair of Los Angeles County Oversight. “My district is one of the greatest park needs, but this innovative program will transform the way we develop and fund park projects.”
The funding will be distributed among 30 cities and in unincorporated areas.
Supervisor Janice Hahn said the pandemic shows the need for parks in communities.
“But there are neighborhoods in my district where families don’t have access to a public park,” Hahn said. “Through these allocations, cities in my district and county will be able to secure the resources needed to invest in building new neighborhood parks and improving existing ones.”