Representatives from the LA Regional Parks and Open Space District and other community leaders held an Earth Day briefing to discuss the results of a comprehensive parks and recreation needs assessment. The assessment gathered input from 5,000 LA County residents.
‘People of color have the “highest rates of obesity and high blood pressure,” said Andrew Yip, a representative of the Los Angeles-based Asian American Environmental Leadership Academy. “You can’t expect low-income people to drive to national parks. We need to bring parks to them…This is an environmental justice issue.” ‘