Why Create Urban Parks & Gardens?
Greater Los Angeles clearly understands the value of open space, with residents
repeatedly showing strong support for bond measures to create more urban
parks and gardens. But L.A. still ranks last among major U.S. cities in terms
of per capita open space—less than 15 percent of residents live within
walking distance of a park!
By revitalizing small parcels of blighted vacant land within park-poor neighborhoods,
the Neighborhood Land Trust is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit organization
working to create
ove the quality of life
for the region’s low-income communities.
Urban Parks & Gardens:
Urban parks and gardens create new opportunities for exercise and increase
access to fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables in neighborhoods that suffer
from disproportionately high rates of obesity and other health issues.
Reduce Pollution & Heat
Trees, grass and plants return significant amounts of oxygen to the atmosphere
and help filter air and water pollutants. They also counter the “heat
island effect” by providing shade and reducing air temperatures, which
is essential to offsetting the concrete sprawl that characterizes much of
Numerous studies link access to green and recreational spaces in urban neighborhoods
to reduced rates of crime and property damage. Urban parks and gardens act
as gathering places for neighbors to connect while active programming can
engage community members—especially at-risk youth—in productive
Urban parks and gardens provide children with informal, hands-on learning experiences
that nurture inquisitive, confident and capable young minds. They also give
youngsters a place to develop social skills and explore the outdoors.