Parks and Recreation

Dirt walking trail with blue ocean on one side and green hillside on the other in Rancho Palos Verdes, California

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.

March 16, 2023 - Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation

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Inspirational Leadership: Interview with Los Angeles County Parks Director

In a recent interview with the National Recreation and Park Association, L.A. County Parks Director Norma Edith García-Gonzalez shared about her career and the equity-focused work being carried out by the L.A. County Parks Department.

March 14, 2023 - National Recreation and Park Association Open Space Blog

Echo Park Lake with tall artesian fountain, palm trees and apartment buildings in background.

Reimagining Conservation to Prioritize Vulnerable Communities

Learn more about Los Angeles County's Parks Needs Assessment Plus (PNA+) which focuses on environmental conservation and restoration, regional recreation, and rural recreation.

March 6, 2023 - Parks & Recreation Magazine

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Advancing Parks and Recreation with Census Data

Census data are used in a variety of ways that impact parks and recreation, including helping to determine where new parks are built and how funds for park projects and recreation programs are distributed.

January 24, 2023 - National Recreation and Park Association Open Space Blog

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Outdoor Destinations for the Carless in Los Angeles

Learn about eight L.A. parks that you can reach from Union Station without a car.

January 23, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

Toronto Moss Park

Using Cellphone Data to Understand Park Use

A new University of Toronto study analyzes anonymous GPS data from smartphones to track how people use and interact with green spaces.

January 17, 2023 - University of Toronto News

Los Angeles Grand Park

Public-Private Partnerships Needed to Create More Parks in Downtown Los Angeles

A new report calls for an increase in public-private partnerships (P3s) to help create and enhance parks projects throughout Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA).

December 30, 2022 - LA Downtown News


How Big Data Informs Park Planning

Data analysis and research by national organizations are helping to ensure equitable distribution and provision of parks and recreational facilities.

December 12, 2022 - On Common Ground

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The Importance of Restoring Degraded Lands in Los Angeles County

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors just approved the Parks Needs Assessment Plus (PNA+), which highlights the need for transforming degraded lands such as landfills and oil fields into parks and open spaces, particularly in underserved communities.

December 11, 2022 - Spectrum News 1

A cyclist on a path in Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin

New Online Data and Resource Library for Parks and Recreation

The National Recreation and Park Association has created a new virtual library offering a collection of publicly available databases and visualizations for park and recreation professionals and advocates.

November 7, 2022 - National Recreation and Park Association Open Space Blog

Hiking trail through green, forested area

Identifying and Addressing Rural Park and Recreation Needs

Rural communities are not homogeneous. Each has its own unique demographics, location, topography, history, park and recreation needs, and community preferences.

October 24, 2022 - Parks & Rec Business

Black and white photo of Mount Lowe Railway train in 1893, Angeles National Forest

Mountain Shuttle Could Be Revived, a Century Later

Close to one hundred years after the last funicular trains took tourists up to dizzying heights in the Angeles National Forest, a new shuttle service could bring the wilderness closer to more Los Angeles residents.

September 21, 2022 - Mass Transit

Playground with yellow slides in Rimgrove Park, Los Angeles County

Serving Communities and Advancing Equity Through Parks

Parks are not just for fun and games. They are also centers of community, offering shelter, food, and employment for the most vulnerable.

September 19, 2022 - Fast Company

Rolling green hills in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles

New Parks Needs Assessment Standards in L.A. County

The report contains data and analyses in support of expanding land conservation and restoration, transit to parks, and other strategies to meet regional and rural needs in Los Angeles County.

September 19, 2022 - National Recreation and Park Association Open Space Blog

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Los Angeles County Launches New Power of Play Initiative

The L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation and the L.A. County Parks Foundation are partnering on an initiative to build awareness, support and a safety net to provide vulnerable youth and families access to high-quality programming.

August 8, 2022 - SCV News

Park ranger in green suit and hat addressing a crowd of visitors

Advancing Parks and Recreation Through Storytelling

July is Park and Recreation Month and this year’s theme is “We Rise Up for Parks and Recreation.” One way for park and recreation professionals to rise up is for them tell their stories.

August 1, 2022 - National Recreation and Park Association Open Space Blog

Children wearing COVID-19 masks on playground equipment

Los Angeles County Allocates $9 Million for Parks in High Need Areas

The funding is from Measure A, the Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks and Beaches Measure, a parcel tax approved by nearly 75 percent of voters in 2016.

July 17, 2022 - Los Angeles Daily News

Playground at Jackie Robinson Park, Sun Village, California

Nation's First Jackie Robinson Park Declared a Historic Landmark

Jackie Robinson Park in Sun Village has just been designated as a County Landmark by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

June 21, 2022 - Antelope Valley Press

View of the Hollywood Bowl amphitheater

Take a Walk at the Hollywood Bowl

Few people are aware that the iconic concert venue is also a public park where visitors can walk around and exercise.

June 3, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

Aerial view of USS Midway aircraft carrier at San Diego waterfront

New Park Proposed for San Diego's Waterfront

The Port of San Diego and USS Midway Museum are working together to convert Navy Pier into a new public park on San Diego Bay's North Embarcadero.

May 31, 2022 - KPBS

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