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Dallas and has a population of about
106,000 residents. In 2019, the city
launched Play Lewisville On Wheels
as a means to take recreational programs and activities to areas without
park resources. Developing a mobile
recreation program is one of the recommendations from a team of experts who advised the city on ways
to ensure park access and connectivity for residents of a study area that
lacks parks and has a large number
of multifamily housing complexes
(tinyurl.com/yc5h57yh).
In the summer of 2019, city staff
ran a pilot mobile recreation program at one of the apartment complexes in coordination with a local
church that was offering free meals
to youth who were off from school.
One day a week, staff provided play

equipment, such as balls, corn hole,
card games and educational materials, and played with the kids, many
of whom were left on their own
during the day. The program turned
out to be very well received, as staff
members were able to become mentors and bond with kids through play.
Its success inspired the city council
to approve the purchase of a van and
provide part-time staff to continue
the program.
In October 2019, the city hosted
a pop-up park event on Southwest
Parkway to conduct further outreach with the community. This
involved shutting down a street
segment for four hours to create a
park-like atmosphere and enable
residents to safely gather for some
fun. More than 400 people attended

the event, where they enjoyed food,
live music, games and activities
hosted by the city and other partners. The incredible turnout helped
to demonstrate the urgent need for
a park in the area. The city is currently in the process of securing
land to develop a new park. With
COVID-19-related budget issues,
the city is also considering realigning its resources and reassigning
staff from closed recreation centers
to Play Lewisville On Wheels to
reach out to underserved areas.
Special thanks to Frank Carson (El
Cajon), and Stacie Anaya and Erika
Tang (Lewisville) for the information
they provided for this article.
Clement Lau, AICP, DPPD, is a Departmental Facilities
Planner with the Los Angeles County Department of Parks
and Recreation (clau@parks.lacounty.gov).

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