After hearing from hundreds of concerned citizens, activists and business leaders, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday to place the “Safe Clean Neighborhood Parks, Open Space, Beaches, Rivers Protection and Water Conservation” measure on the November 2016 ballot.
This action followed the completion of the Countywide Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment, which identified the challenges facing LA County’s parks and open spaces. The funding will go towards grants to local communities for park improvements, maintenance, development of new recreational facilities and safety programs. This will also include beaches and river protection and water conservation efforts, as well as funding for cultural institutions throughout Los Angeles.
The Executive Summary (in both Spanish and English), the final report, and interactive maps and data can be found here http://lacountyparkneeds.org.
The Safe Clean Neighborhood Parks Initiative also includes key provisions for accountability including audits and annual reports, as well as citizen oversight.
We want to thank the members of the Board for their thoughtful and thorough consideration of this issue, especially Supervisors Solis and Kuehl, who provided the leadership to make this initiative a reality. We also want to express gratitude to the many citizens who wrote to the Board and came to the hearing to discuss their concerns for the future of parks in LA County.
The full text of the ballot measure will be available on our website in the next few days. In the meantime, we wanted to share with you some of the news articles about the initiative.
We look forward to ongoing community input and will continue outreach as we now move forward to the next stage of ensuring safe, clean neighborhood parks for all Angelenos.