How to Put More Kick in Urban Parks and Recreation Planning

Los Angeles County planner Clement Lau makes a case for increasing the number of fields and facilities dedicated to a sport that is growing in popularity – soccer.

While soccer is not as popular in the United States as it is in other parts of the world, Angelinos have embraced the sport.

So much so, that Los Angeles County officials are looking for places to put fields and facilities for children wanting to play, according to planner Clement Lau.

"Soccer is so much more than just a sport to many residents of Los Angeles County. Not only do many residents play soccer at local parks, they are also very loyal to and passionate about professional teams in Mexico and Spain."

Creative spaces that could accommodate more facilities include vacant parcels, building rooftops, and under-used parking lots, Lau said.

He goes on to discuss to importance of getting community members involved in efforts to add more sports fields and facilities to make sure the people can give input.

"As park planners, we must understand and plan for the growing and diverse needs of the residents we serve," Lau writes. "To ensure that these plans reflect the desires and needs of the communities, we have been engaging the public in a wide variety of ways, including stakeholder interviews, focus groups, surveys, bike and walking tours, and community fairs/workshops."

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