Rural Parks Planning Underway in Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is conducting a survey to better understand the park and recreation needs of rural areas.

June 24, 2021, 10:00 AM PDT

By clementkhlau @clemusc


Antelope Valley, California

California poppies bloom above the Antelope Valley in Los Angeles County. | Sebastien Burel / Shutterstock

We all need parks. But what are the types of parks and amenities that people use or want the most? To find out, park and recreation agencies typically conduct some type of survey and needs assessment. The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is currently working on a focused update to the 2016 Los Angeles Countywide Parks Needs Assessment called the "Regional and Rural Edition." Specifically, the study will comprehensively identify, analyze, map, and document:

  1. The need for regional facilities, including regional parks, beaches and lakes, trails, and natural areas and open spaces
  2. The park needs of rural communities located in the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, Santa Monica Mountains, and Santa Catalina Island 

As part of this process, DPR is conducting various online surveys, including the latest one which seeks to better understand the park and recreation needs of residents in rural communities. The survey includes photos to help participants visualize and respond to questions like:

  • What are your favorite things to do outside?
  • Where do you do any of the fun activities you mentioned?
  • What do you and your household do for health and wellness?
  • How far are you willing to travel for a place to take a walk, a place to play, a place to swim, etc.?
  • What are the greatest park and recreation needs in your community?
  • What is the quality of the parks and trails in your community?

DPR encourages all residents of rural communities in L.A. County to participate in this latest survey. For more information about the Regional and Rural Edition, please visit the project website.

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