People for Parks
People for Parks works towards the day when all kids in Los Angeles live within walking distance of a safe park. LA is one of the most under-parked of the big US cities. People for Parks tackles this problem by transforming schools in dense, low-income regions of LA into Community School Parks. Community School Parks (CSPs) are supervised school-site playgrounds that are open to the public on weekends, holidays, and during the summer, when public school playgrounds are otherwise closed. CSPs feature dynamic programming carried out by after-school enrichment staff and give children and families the outdoor space they need to lead healthy lives.
We believe that it takes a village to improve a neighborhood. People for Parks works closely with parents, community organizations, school principals, the LAUSD school district’s Beyond the Bell program, school board members, LA City Council, and Mayor’s office, as well as the LA Promise Zone to make Community School Parks a successful program.