Los Angeles County Parks Department Releases Five-Year Strategic Plan

The L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation recently completed a strategic plan which details goals, strategies, and actions that reflect the agency's commitment to advancing equity.

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March 16, 2023, 12:00 PM PDT

By Clement Lau


The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), one of the largest public park agencies in the country, recently released its 2023-2028 Strategic Plan, created to guide the agency's direction, decision-making, and growth for the next five years. The Plan sets forth a course of action for both DPR's internal improvements and external work across Los Angeles County. It also establishes benchmarks to track progress and ensure that DPR is meeting the stated goals.

The Plan was developed with extensive community and staff engagement and based on an anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion-focused framework. It affirms the department's commitment to prioritize funding and staffing for programming and park access initiatives that redress social, racial, gender-based, and environmental injustice in L.A. County, especially in the most vulnerable communities. Specifically, the six goals of the Plan are:

  • Goal 1: Promote play and well-being of youth, families, and seniors
  • Goal 2: Strengthen programs, experiences, and engagement in the community
  • Goal 3: Increase park equity and access to innovative park space
  • Goal 4: Invest in staff and volunteers
  • Goal 5: Provide stewardship of public lands, natural resources, and urban forestry
  • Goal 6: Advance organizational excellence

Each goal is a broad statement of what DPR seeks to accomplish to achieve its vision as a world-class parks and recreation organization. Following each goal is a set of strategies, which describe how DPR plans to achieve the goals. Each strategy has a list of actions that outline the specific activities that DPR will undertake to implement the strategies.  

To review and learn more about the Plan, please visit this website

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