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A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Woodcrest Play Park took place on November
18, 2019.

as providing GIS and administrative
support at the L.A. County Office of
Emergency Management and helping to staff a call center to assist small
businesses. Some are working on efforts to temporarily convert indoor
gyms at parks to emergency homeless
shelters. The rest of us are continuing
to do the necessary behind-the-scenes
work to improve existing parks and
develop new ones.
orders, we have been asked to stay
home as much as possible, but are
allowed to walk around our neighborhoods to get some fresh air or
exercise. This makes sense because
cabin fever is real and being inside
for an extended period of time is
challenging. However, not all neighborhoods are created equal. Specifically, lower-income residents often
live in neighborhoods that have safety issues and/or lack the pedestrian
infrastructure (like sidewalks, crosswalks, curb ramps and trees) and
conditions that make walking safe
and comfortable. In addition, while
wealthier folks are likely to have
sizable backyards, swimming pools
and/or personal gyms, those living
in underinvested communities do
not have such luxuries.

Ideas to Consider
A crisis like we're experiencing is also
an opportunity to reexamine current practices and contemplate new
ideas. An important question that has
emerged with the closure of many
parks in L.A. is, " Can't we find ways
to manage recreation facilities without outlawing their use? " as Manal
Aboelata, a parent and deputy executive director of Prevention Institute,
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asked in a letter to the editor.
Perhaps the concept of carrying
capacity offers part of the answer.
While the term is typically associated with national parks and is more
concerned about the protection of
these areas from overcrowding, I
wonder if it could be adapted for
local parks. Within the context of
the COVID-19 pandemic, the goal
would be to have some objective or
scientific way, using GIS and other
tools, to determine the capacity of
a park, beach or trail, while considering physical distancing guidelines.
Another idea worth considering is
the temporary conversion of some
streets to public spaces where people
can walk, exercise, bike and hang out
without worrying about vehicular
traffic. This is one of the recommendations that the National Association
of City Transportation Officials has
for cities as a way to create more space
during COVID-19.

The Work Continues
So, what are L.A. County's park planning and development professionals
doing in the midst of the COVID-19
pandemic? Well, a few of my colleagues have been activated as disaster
service workers on assignments, such

Stay Positive and Strong
For all my fellow park and recreation
professionals, we must stay strong
and continue to serve our communities to the best of our ability. There
will be a day when the pandemic is
over. There will be a day when our
beloved beaches, trails and parks -
like Woodcrest Play Park - will be
re-opened. I look forward to that day.
For more information from the
Los Angeles County Department
of Parks and Recreation, please see
the COVID-19 Updates from L.A.
County Parks webpage (parks.la
county.gov/covid-19).
For more information about
NRPA's response to COVID-19, as
well as available resources for park
and recreation professionals, please
see our Coronavirus Disease 2019
(COVID-19) webpage (nrpa.org/
Coronavirus).
Editor's Note: This article has been
adapted from its original version posted to NRPA's Open Space Blog (nrpa.
org/Blog). To read the full text, visit
nrpa.org/Covid19ParkPlanners.
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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