Los Angeles is ranked 45 out of the 60 largest cities in the United States for park accessibility.(1) Not only is LA considered “park poor,” its current parks need an estimated $21.5 billion for building and maintenance, but our funding is running out.(2)
But this November 8 Angelenos have the power to bring back stable funding to maintain safe and clean neighborhood parks by voting YES on Measure A.
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Right now, fifty-one percent of LA County residents don’t live within a ten minute walk of a park.(3) By comparison, in New York, that number is less than 5%.(4) Luckily Measure A would help bridge that gap.
Measure A would provide funding through an annual parcel tax of 1.5 cents per square foot to raise up to $94 million annually to update and build local parks, improve recreation and senior centers, plant drought tolerant landscaping, and more.(5) Additionally, 13% of the measure would prioritize communities that do not have parks or where parks are in poor condition.(6) That means neighborhoods in South Los Angeles, the San Gabriel Valley, and parts of the San Fernando Valley will get the parks they need and deserve.
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Numerous studies have shown that parks and open spaces improve physical activity and psychological well-being.(7) But forty-one percent of lower-income households in Los Angeles do not have immediate access to a park at all.(8)
In 1996, Angelenos passed a tax that provided funding for our parks. The tax is set to expire in 2019.(9) Its companion tax expired last year. With funding for our parks running dry in Los Angeles — one of the most dense, overcrowded, urban areas in the nation — the need for green spaces couldn’t be more urgent, especially for those in park deprived areas.
To increase park equity in Los Angeles, Angelenos need to pass Measure A to ensure stable and consistent funding to build and maintain our parks before it’s too late. But we need thousands of LA residents like you, Jose, to support Measure A this November!
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Yours in the fight for a greener LA,
Caitlin, along with Annie, Brenna, Eddie, Emma, Kelsey, Lindsay, Moonyoung, Paula, Raquel, Scottie, Tim, and William (the Courage team)
2. https://www.nrdc.org/experts/ramya-sivasubramanian/measure-improve-park-equity-los-angeles-county and http://la.curbed.com/2016/5/23/11746802/los-angeles-park-poor
3. http://la.curbed.com/2016/5/23/11746802/los-angeles-park-poor and http://lacountyparkneeds.org/final-report
4. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/05/nyregion/new-york-citys-park-system-ranked-no-2-in-survey-of-50-cities.html and http://parkscore.tpl.org/city.php?city=New%20York
5. http://lacountyparkneeds.org, http://www.latimes.com/opinion/livable-city/la-ol-measure-a-parks-20161012-snap-story.html, https://www.kcet.org/ballot-brief/measure-a-upkeep-of-la-county-public-spaces, and http://la.curbed.com/2016/7/6/12109866/ballot-measure-park-poor-county-parcel-tax
6. http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-park-assessment-20160428-story.html, http://www.latimes.com/opinion/livable-city/la-ol-measure-a-parks-20161012-snap-story.html, http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/dpr/245982_Attachment1-ParksNeedsAssessment_FinalReport.pdf
7. http://www.nrpa.org/uploadedFiles/nrpa.org/Publications_and_Research/Research/Papers/MingKuo-Research-Paper.pdf, http://www.parksandrecreation.org/2015/April/Parks-Improving-Mental-Health-and-Well-Being, and https://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/795/files/health_benefits_081505.pdf
9. http://parks.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpr/!ut/p/b0/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfGjzOLdDAwM3P2dgo0MvA0sDByNQkIDfQN9DQ2CTPULsh0VATkTqPs!/, http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/bos/supdocs/103452.pdf, and http://la.curbed.com/2016/7/6/12109866/ballot-measure-park-poor-county-parcel-tax