Over the years, I have written numerous articles about the importance of planning for new parks in underserved communities and highlighted various projects that I have been fortunate to be involved in. In particular, two projects that I have discussed at length are the Los Angeles County Master Plan for Sustainable Parks and Recreation: Phase I (also known as the Community Parks and Recreation Plans) and the Countywide Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment (see Park Planning for Underserved Communities and Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment: The L.A. County Story). As a park planner, I am generally more focused on the creation and siting of parks to meet community needs, and the equitable distribution of such facilities. However, I am also fully aware that recreational programming matters just as much as planning, and perhaps even more so based on the input of many residents and park staff with whom I have interacted. Thus, I would like to address programming in this article, with a special focus on the Parks After Dark (PAD) program.Continue Reading Surprising benefits from nighttime park programming in LA
Historically, people have had a way of expressing their displeasure with government and society. I am not condoning such behavior, but it is a reality. We are seeing this today in England. In the United States, Philadelphia has had some problems in the streets, as well.
In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s many cities experienced riots in the streets and considerable property damage.Continue Reading Boston’s Summerthing