Why do we need a new, local parks and open space funding initiative?
For over 20 years, our communities have relied on local, voter-approved funding (Proposition A, 1992) to acquire, protect, and maintain our neighborhood parks and natural spaces. When Proposition A expired in 2015, communities across the county lost over $50 million annually, which over the years has funded nearly 2,000 park, recreation, and open space projects. While these parks have provided a huge benefit to neighborhoods, many parts of community still lack access to local parks and open spaces.
What will a new, local parks and open space funding measure support?
Stable, local funding will provide maintenance money to improve existing parks, playgrounds, trails, athletic fields, and pools well as new projects that will protect our water, wildlife, and scenic resources and make sure all of our communities have access to safe, local parks.
Why should I care about parks?
Parks play a huge role in a ensuring a high quality of life for our neighborhoods. Parks and open spaces not only provide a safe place to play but also have the power to:
- Protect and help clean storm runoff to our rivers and creeks and ocean beyond
- Reduce gang activity
- Improve public health
Shouldn’t this be paid for through a state bond?
State bond funds are severely limited and can’t pay for maintenance at existing parks. A local funding measure will help cash strapped cities by providing a funds to:
- Repair damaged or dangerous equipment
- Remove asbestos, mold and lead paint from aging recreation centers
- Protect and preserve parks and natural areas
- Ensure drinking water is safe at park and recreation centers
- Keep beach bathrooms and parking lots accessible, clean and safe
Additionally, a local measure can help provide a local match to leverage state and federal funds for our community.
How do parks and open spaces support local water supply strategies?
Parks and open spaces can measurably reduce greenhouse gas pollution, climate change impacts, and reliance on water imports. New local, funding will be available to support projects that incorporate stormwater management to reduce energy intensive water imports for irrigation through rainwater harvesting, groundwater recharge, and efficient irrigation practices. These methods are cost-effective, resilient to changes in climate, and benefit local communities and ecosystems.
How will projects be prioritized?
L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation conducted the first Countywide Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment in which it worked with local cities, non-profit organizations, and community members to analyze the parks, open space, recreational amenities and existing needs within each city and community. This was a community-driven process, providing data for each of the 189 Study Areas which will assist in prioritizing projects and securing future funding opportunities.
What does the proposed funding measure look like? Who is #OurParks?
#OurParks is a coalition of over 50+ organizations collectively striving to ensure that parks remain vibrant places in our community through proper, stable funding. We are committed to the following principles: quality of life, equity, sustainability, investment and engagement for all parks and open spaces in LA County.
How can I get more information and pledge my support?
For more information about the #OurParks coalition, please visit www.ourparksla.org.