LA County’s Park & Rec Needs Assessment: Why You Should Care

Hiya friends,

We’re gearing up to help the County in it’s massive effort: the Los Angeles Countywide Comprehensive Parks & Recreation Needs Assessment, or as we like to call it in the office the “LACNA”.  🙂

Why needs assessments are crucial to the type of planning we like to get involved in – community-led planning – are because the community get’s to say what they need, what they want, how they want it. It is a planning approach that if done authentically, gives the voice to the people rather than government telling you “here, this is what you need.” In addition, it is a great way for the community to hold governing agencies accountable for projects, plans and other efforts that are born of the needs assessment.  They are written out generally with timelines and actionable steps to meet those goals identified. So keep us accountable, ask the difficult questions like “where do we go from here?” “when do we see these projects?”  It is important to put this information out there and have a clear path to communicating this crucial information.

So if you know that your community is in dire need of greenspace, if you are bothered that there are not enough playgrounds in your neighborhood, if you know there is a lack of walking trails and want more,  you HAVE to participate.  Your voice is your ticket to directly expressing  your needs.   And let’s be frank, because I have heard it from a lot of our community members – if you feel like we’ve or your local governing agency has already asked you about greenspace in your community and has done nothing with that information,  come and tell us that! We want to hear it.  It’s important to know what is going on and what is not.  The more we hear from you, the better we get at our jobs to provide the necessary resources to create healthy, sustainable communities.

The link at the bottom provides the County’s page with some cool stats and info on why we need a needs assessment, what it is, how parks create healthy communities and what the last Proposition paid for. There are a lot of way cool greenspace projects out there that Prop A paid for, including our LEEP project in Lennox. Unfortunately that money is tapped out.

We need more and we need your voice. Spread the word about the meetings in your community. Participate – let your voice be heard!


LENNOX: LA County Needs Your Voice! El condado necesita su voz!


LA County Parks & Rec is conducting a needs assessment to gather input and data for future decision-making on parks an recreation.

We need to hear from you! Come out January 16th, 2016 10am -12pm
at Lennox Park!

Click here for flyer:  Lennox LAC Needs Assessment Meeting!

For more information contact Maria De Leon 323.786.3587.

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El Condado de Los Ángeles está realizando una evaluación en todo el condado de las necesidades de parques y recreación, tanto en las ciudades como en las áreas no incorporadas.

Necesitamos escuchar tu voz!

Venga a la juna el 16 de enero, 2016 a las 10am en el Lennox Park!

Para mas informacion contactese con Maria De Leon 323.786.3587

Haga clique aqui para el folleto: Lennox LAC Needs Assessment Meeting!

we have a LOT to GROW annual party!

FLTS Invite 2015 FINAL

It’s that time again!! Join us as we honor Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, City of LA Deputy Mayor Barbara Romero and some wonderful community partners!

We’ll have good food, cumbias to dance to and a silent auction with hotel stays, Laker tickets and more!!!

Buy tickets here:  https://alottogrow.eventbrite.com


a LOT to love Annual Party

It’s that time of year again where we celebrate with YOU the work we do to create greenspace equity in communities of need…because of YOU.

We cannot build parks in low income communities without YOU.

We cannot activate community gardens in vacant lots without YOU.

We cannot an LA where every child can walk to park (our dream LA) without YOU.

So, please join us on September 13th! In the meantime, check out our ONLINE AUCTION with some amazing gifts and experiences:  Kobe Bryant autographed basketball, 2 Southwest round trip tickets anywhere in the US, one night stay at the Standard, a luxurious retreat at the Hyatt Huntington Beach and much , much more!  Click HERE to see items and bid!

To buy your tickets to the event, click on the image below!


we have a LOT to love.

we have a LOT to love.


Larch Ave Park Mosaic Event!

Check out the Mosaic Workshop Saturday, August 2nd, 2014!

See our very own Project Coordinator Maria De Leon provide all the details in the link below!


Students conduct CO2 testing in Lennox.

FLTS was excited to kick off our LEEP project – Lennox Engagement & Enhancement Project  – with CCEO YouthBuild students from Ms. Giselle Arguello’s Science class this spring.

So first things first:, some basic truths.  

1. We know the air is bad in Lennox. It is “hugged by 2 major freeways – the 105 and the 405 – and is directly under the arrivals flight path of several airplanes – being the 6th busiest airport in the world and all.  LAX handles an average of 1700 landings and take offs a year!

2. Second – Lennox is devoid of greenspace – where trees, parks, trails, gardens.  This is just not right. And so we decided to do something about that.  The LEEP will create a lush urban tree canopy, helping to sequester CO2 emissions from adjacent freeways and airport and we wanted to implement this project with Lennox youth and community.

In May 2014, students captured existing CO2 levels in five areas in Lennox, creating a baseline to  measure against 12 months, 3 and 5 year readings.  Students used handheld carbon dioxide monitors and dataloggers from Pasco, and noted the data via clipboards. 

Below is a map displaying where students took samples, and the CO2 averages – click on image for a larger  image. (Thank you Levi Simons for maps and analysis!)

View LennoxCO2Sites in a full screen map. Please click on individual pins for further information.

Surprise, surprise: Preliminary results show the highest CO2 levels on the eastern edge of the community.   This area also lies directly under several aircraft flight paths arriving tat Los Angeles International (LAX). And although we did not employ what some scientists may deem sophisticated data capture techniques and analysis, we don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to determine that large planes landing over your house would create a detrimental impact on CO2 emissions.  It took a few simple hand held sensors and some kids.  We firmly believe that if a major research institution were to conduct a long-term study utilizing similar but cooler methods, the results of CO2 levels in Lennox would not change.

In order to help offset some of these impacts and advocate for further greenspace development in Lennox , FLTS will be engaging in a large scale tree planting initiative this fall along with Youth Build students and community members so stay tuned if you want to help out!

Lennox CO2 Sample Sites - Averaged Map

LA2050 Listens Event – in Pictures!

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Interactive media tent with live Twitter feeds! The kids loved this!

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an army? a river? an army river!

Hi friends! Such a cool event we were a part of in Lennox! LA2050 hosted a number of workshops around the greater Los Angeles area to hear folks’ input of their draft goals for a sustainable, vibrant and economically brilliant LA!
See the goals here and enjoy the pictures of our event on our Twitter feed here or below which took place in Lennox on May 3rd, 2014. We had some cool interactive models!

For more information on the LA2050 initiative visit http://www.la2050.org/my-la2050/. pretty cool.

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Solar powered media tent!

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Greenspace solutions!

Adelante Ambulante!

Join us as we take part in Ambulante’s awesome efforts to connect la gente and peeps to films and docs that would not otherwise have access.

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