Los Angeles nonprofit, People for Parks, just launched its fundraising campaign to start two new Community School Parks. These neighborhood parks are schoolyards that are opened up to the community as playgrounds and parks when school isn’t in session. To reach its goal of opening two school playgrounds every weekend for one year, People for Parks needs to raise $24,000 in the next 30 days. (more…)
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.
How can we Make Our Urban Experience More Conducive for Play?
When we design cities, are we paying enough attention to making them fun, playable places? In most cases we aren’t. But it’s time to start thinking about how we can thread opportunities to introduce play as part of the fabric of our built environment and as a fundamental component of our urban areas. (more…)
With 26 national parks and 208 state parks, California has been rated by travel sites as the most scenic state in the nation. Despite its reputation for having an abundance of open space, California’s most disadvantaged areas lack equitable access to these natural resources. In a state that prides itself on preserving our natural resources for everyone’s enjoyment, what efforts are underway to ensure that our open spaces are widely accessible to all communities? (more…)
After the 1938 flood, the Army Corps of Engineers channelized and cemented the Los Angeles River. Now, the Corps plans to restore the lost beauty of the river. A draft Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study is expected to be released later this month. (more…)
Los Angeles now has four parklets in place. The photos above were taken by ELP’s own Cynthia Guzman during the official opening for the Spring Street installments earlier this month. The LA sidewalk parks come on the heels of reports from Long Beach that the parklets installed in that city are netting tangible economic benefits for some lucky restaurateurs. In Downtown Los Angeles, the neighborhood council is “mid-stream in conducting [a] Parklet Impact Study,” so expect more hard numbers in a few months. Also, they’re soliciting new ideas for more locations, so email away!
We talked about the LowLine’s Kickstarter campaign a few months back and we’ve got some updates to share. First, it looks like the campaign managed to raise enough cash to finance the creation of a small replica of the underground park in an abandoned warehouse. The plan calls for the use of new technologies that’ll help deliver sunlight from above ground to the subterranean park in sufficient quantities to allow for photosynthesis. Check out this CNN video for more details on the project.
They don’t call it the concrete jungle for nothing. Miles of sidewalks and acres of asphalt typify many of our urban environments, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Depave, a Portland-based nonprofit, is leading a local effort to transform under-utilized asphalt into spaces for habitat restoration, urban farming, tree planting, native vegetation, and social gathering. Started as a guerilla movement, Depave grew to become a full-fledged organization. Its financial supporters include local businesses, government departments, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The organization’s focus is on creating community green space that mitigates the harmful effects of polluted stormwater runoff. Since 2007, the organization has calculated that over 2.3 million gallons of stormwater was diverted to newly unearthed green spaces.
The Friends of the Hollywood Central Park organization is one step closer to making a 44-acre park atop the Hollywood Freeway a reality. A $1.2 million gift from the Aileen Getty Foundation is providing the gap financing need to fund the project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Earlier this year, the organization secured $825,000 in funding from the City, leaving a funding gap of $1.2 million to complete the $2 million EIR. The foundation elected to provide the gap funding, with Aileen Getty noting that the “Hollywood Central Park is about building community and celebrating our commonality in a natural environment.” (more…)