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February 5, 2009 (revised) Presentation of: Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Citywide Community Needs Assessment: Findings and Recommendations Project Purpose, Process and Key Tasks Project Purpose Determine Community Needs and Department Key Issues
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HIGHER PRIORITIES: Walking, Biking and Nature Trails, Picnic Areas, Smaller Local Neighborhood Parks, Indoor Gyms/Community Centers (with Indoor Walking Tracks, Indoor Fitness/Exercise Facilities, Indoor Pools), Outdoor Pools, Larger Community Parks, Children’s Play Areas, Community Gardens, Nature Centers, Athletic Fields, Basketball Courts.Facility Priorities
HIGHER PRIORITIES: Fitness & Wellness Programs, Walking and Biking Clubs, Nature Programs, Family Programs, Arts Programs, Youth and Adult Sports and Swim Programs, Water Fitness Programs, Senior Programs, Youth After School Programs/Summer Camp Programs, and Special Events and Festivals. In some areas, Nutrition, Tutoring, and Mentoring Programs.Recreation Program Priorities
1. Walking/Biking Trails
2. Smaller Neighborhood Parks
3. Nature Trails
4. Swimming Pools
5. Picnic Areas
6. Indoor Fitness Facilities
7. Larger Community Parks
8. Outdoor Amphitheatre (Drama, the Arts)
9. Indoor Walking/Running Tracks
10. Community Gardens
11. Playground Equipment
12. Nature Centers
13. Outdoor Splash Pads
14. Skate Parks
15. Outdoor Tennis & Basketball Courts
16. Youth Baseball & Athletic Fields
17. Adult Softball & Athletic Fields
More Security & Safety
Teen Club Spaces
Shuttle for Parks (Better Transit Access)
More Sponsors, Corporate and other
More Recreation Equipment
NEED: Additional .5-1 acres of neighborhood parks in most areas
NEED: Additional 1-1.5 acres of community parks in most areas
NEED: Additional 20 pools, 43 splash pads, 235 picnic areas, 73 baseball fields, 319 athletic fields, 309 basketball courts, 43 skate parks, 20 tennis courts, and additional recreation/community centers.
Los Angeles CAN…develop a Strategic Plan to:
Rebuild, Renew, and Redesign its park system to a Creative, Compelling and Responsive system of park facilities, recreation programs, and partners for all of Los Angeles’ needs. (The “Treasure/Excellence” Plan)
Appendix A provides more detail on strengths, weaknesses, key issues and specific planning area needs.