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Prevention Institute E-alert: April 27th, 2016

Urge L.A. Supervisors to Move Forward an Equitable Park Funding Measure in 2016! 

The LA County Board of Supervisors will take action on the next countywide parks funding measure on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, Room 381B, 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. 

This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to promote physical and mental health and safety, and reverse long-standing park deficits in low-income communities of color – communities that have historically been left behind in the allocation of these kinds of resources.

The Supervisors will be presented the results of the Parks Needs Assessment, undertaken to inform how future revenue would be allocated. The assessment involved extensive resident engagement and pinpointed the location, scope and scale of the tremendous need for park facilities throughout the region.

Please join park and health equity advocates to let the Supervisors know it’s time to act on park disparities in the next park funding measure, which should be placed on the November ballot.

What: Board of Supervisors Meeting on Park Funding Measure

Date: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Time: 9:30 am 

Place: 500 West Temple Street (at Grand), Room 381B

Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, Los Angeles, California 90012

Parks, playgrounds and other recreation facilities provide critical opportunities for engaging in physical activity, gathering with neighbors and relieving stress.  Their absence undermines community health, mental health and quality of life.  Unfortunately, these park deficits mostly impact residents of low income areas, and/or predominately Latino or African American neighborhoods.  

Please attend the hearing on Tuesday, May 3rd, and email the Supervisors at ExecutiveOffice@bos.lacounty.gov to ensure our voices are heard! 

Urge them to move forward the park funding measure for the November ballot and designate a percentage of the revenue to create parks and recreation facilities in communities with the highest park needs. Our investment in this basic community infrastructure can prevent heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and other inactivity-related conditions. 

For more information contact: julie@preventioninstitute.org.

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