January: County to Host 12 Public Meetings on ‘Park Needs’

By EGP Staff Report

Does your family play basketball or soccer? Tennis or swim? Are there enough parks and recreation facilities in your neighborhood? Do they need repairs? Do we need more park facilities or more open space?
These are just a few of the questions the Los Angeles Countywide Comprehensive Park & Recreation Needs Assessment study hopes to answer with input from residents in local cities and unincorporated areas.
To that end, the county is conducting 200 public meetings to gather information on where park facilities can be improved.
The County began its assessment of “189 Study Areas” countywide in March 2015, with meetings continuing through June 2016.
During January 2016 alone, more than a dozen meetings will be held in east, northeast and southeast Los Angeles cities and neighborhoods. All will be conducted at area parks and recreation facilities.
Why is the County conducting the meetings?
Because, according to a County news release, “Parks provide countless health, social, environmental and economic benefits to communities.” Study leaders say adults and children are more likely to increase physical activity and teens are 30% more likely to get recommended exercise if they have access to well-maintained parks.
“Physical activity improves general health, prevents obesity and diabetes, reduces the risk of hypertension, reduces the levels of attention deficit in children, improves cognitive ability and reduces aggressive behavior,” according to the County.
Therefore, the goal of the extensive, 15 months-long assessment study is to better understand what residents think can be done to “improve, expand and make parks more accessible” to all area of the county.
The following are some of the meetings taking place in January. For a complete list of dates, times and locations, call (213) 202-2681 or visit lacountyparkneeds.org.


Public Assessment Meeting January 2016
Jan. 14/7pm—Lincoln Park 3501 Valley Blvd. L.A. 90031
Jan. 14/6pm—South Gate City Hall 8650 California Ave.
Jan. 19/7pm—Bell Community Center 6250 Pine Ave.
Jan. 20/6pm—Pico Rivera Senior Center 9200 Mines Blvd.
Jan. 20/6pm—Commerce Senior Center 2555 Commerce Way.
Jan. 23/10am—Huntington Park Community Center 6925 Salt Lake Ave.
Jan. 23/10am—Monterey Park Service Clubhouse 400 S. McPherrin Ave.
Jan. 28/5pm—Bell Gardens Veterans Park 6662 Loveland St.
Jan. 28/6:30pm—Montebello Senior Citizen Center 115 S Taylor Ave.
Jan. 28/6pm—Saybrook Park 6250 Northside Dr, East Los Angeles, 90022
Feb. 3/6pm—City Terrace Park 1126 N Hazard Ave, Los Angeles, 90063
* Alhambra & Vernon   TBD

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