In 2012, the City of Los Angeles set out to increase green spaces in the city’s park-poor neighborhoods by establishing the 50 parks initiative. A project status document from that year indicates the City was poised to enter partnerships with local organizations to produce 50 neighborhood parks. Three years later, the initiative is making progress toward its original goal, with 29 new parks added.
The City has converted several sites into pocket parks with dimensions that range from 5,000 to 20,000 square feet. The program continues to rely on partnerships with organizations like First 5 LA, the L.A. Neighborhood Land Trust, the Trust for Public Land, and the California Endowment. In an interview with The Planning Report, Michael Shull, Director of the City of Los Angeles’ Recreation and Parks Department, noted that the initiative is working to create pocket parks in the communities with the greatest need for open space. At the end of 2015, Los Angeles is hoping to increase the number of new parks to between 32 and 35.