People for Parks is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working to increase park access by improving the built environment for a more livable Los Angeles. We're transforming LA with innovative programs that make communities healthier.
Since 1989, we’ve worked to revitalize run down and crime-ridden parks that had suffered years of neglect. We’ve innovated important new programs that have brought parks and play programs where they’re needed most. We’ve worked to expand public funding for parks and recreation programs serving the Southland.
In 2012, we tore up asphalt, replaced it with grassy fields and tracks and opened life-changing Community School Parks at Vine and Trinity Street Elementary schools. Since then, People for Parks has opened 12 CSPs across Los Angeles, each providing access to park space for children, families, and elderly residents to enjoy together. These have given thousands of Angelenos in dense pockets of Koreatown, Pico Union, West Lake, Central Alameda, South LA and East Hollywood safe, vibrant places to play and connect within walking distance of their homes. Through partnerships with other organizations and the City of Los Angeles, we work to replicate our CSP model in other high-need communities across the city and expand access to safe, open play spaces.