By Andre Quintero – San Gabriel Valley Tribune, June 20, 2016
It should come as no surprise to the people of El Monte that our city was ranked among the worst in Los Angeles County when it comes to the availability of parks. A recent needs assessment by the county found that only 42 percent of our residents live within a half-mile of a park, well below the county average. And the parks that are available lack some of the most basic recreational equipment.
By any measure, El Monte is park-poor. But another recent study, this one by the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, provided even more disturbing news — cities like ours with less park space per capita than average have higher rates of premature death from cardiovascular disease and diabetes, a higher prevalence of childhood obesity and greater economic hardship compared to cities with more park space per capita.
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