City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department Joins People for Parks in Expanding Parks Access via Community School Parks
The City of LA’s Department of Recreation and Parks has joined People for Parks (PFP) to expand park access via Community School Parks (CSPs). This is big news! It speaks to the effectiveness of CSPs as a solution to park scarcity. It also helps us carry out a key component of PFP’s mission: for CSPs to be integrated into the municipal parks system.
PFP is proud to have been an active participant in this process. We lobbied the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Recreation and Parks on the importance of CSPs and worked closely with the City to design its pilot programming and community organizing. We shared best practices, connected the City’s team with key CSP coordination staff and worked to have one of our CSPs, Leo Politi, ‘adopted’ by the City. This allowed us to put more resources into our CSPs at Twentieth St. and Twenty Fourth St. Elementary Schools, which are open on Saturdays from 10am to 2 pm.
For its pilot program, the City is supporting four campuses: Harvard Elementary, Cahuenga St. Elementary, Leo Politi Elementary, and 75th Street Elementary. The campuses are in full swing, open every Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm with activities and games for all ages.
We are excited to continue working with the city to expand and provide community outreach at CSPs, knowing through partnership, impactful programs like these can be scaled.
The photo below is from April 2018, when the City celebrated its new Community School Parks. Mayor Garcetti recognized PFP for its role in developing and sustaining the CSP model and driving this collaboration forward. We celebrated with neighborhood organizations, partners, and, of course, families and neighbors.