One focus of Parks Now's partnership with USC's Unruh Institute was the role of technology in attracting millennial to parks. The research interns found that technology may not be a hindrance to increased millennial park interest if used appropriately.
On Oct. 13, we caught up with Assemblymember Marc Levine to discuss newly passed legislation that will help better connect Californians with state parks. With the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in the background, Assemblymember Levine joined Senator Fran Pavely, other local legislators, organizations and students to celebrate the signing of the new legislation and re-imagine the future of state parks.
Summer in California is synonymous with the beach. But for many Angelenos living in urban communities, taking part in this summer ritual isn’t easy. Parks Now, a coalition of experts, activists and community leaders, teamed up with a group of San Fernando Valley teenagers from Youth Speak Collective as well as Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon to document what a journey to the beach is like for many Angelenos.
Parks do much more than merely beautify neighborhoods. They make them healthier and happier. Access to green space reduces the stress often correlated with urban life and alleviates the symptoms associated with numerous mental health disorders. Simply having a park you can walk to easily from home makes you more likely to exercise.
“What makes this particular designation so important: we heard from the community. For a lot of urban families this is their only big outdoor space. Too many children in LA County, especially children of color, don’t have access to parks where they can run free, and breath fresh air, experience nature, and learn about their environment.” - President Barack Obama
by RUE MAPP & ED NORTON
Our state park system needs to be nimble and dynamic to meet the needs of a changing California. That will require energetic leadership and commitment from our legislators and state government. And we will need a new generation of advocates for parks that includes the diverse face of California...