LAUSD Board of Education Votes to Approve Four Joint-Use Community School Park Projects
April 12, 2011
Contact: Shannon Haber
(Los Angeles, CA) – The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education voted unanimously today to approve four joint-use community school park projects to be developed at the following sites: Carthay Center, Dorris Place, Saturn, and Yorkdale elementary schools. The projects will improve elementary school playgrounds with newly landscaped, sustainable features, and offer high quality, supervised activities through an operating partner to benefit both the schools and respective communities.
“I am so pleased that the LAUSD is contributing to increased access to open, green space in our dense and park-poor communities,” LAUSD Board Member Yolie Flores said. “I applaud this effort to take advantage of our underutilized school fields and expand their use for our communities. In this joint effort with our community partners, we are strengthening our neighborhoods, and promoting sustainability and physical activity for our students.”
“I am delighted about the educational possibilities on the horizon for our students and community members as a result of these projects,” LAUSD Board Member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte said.
“This project will not only provide inviting, outdoor activities and green space for students, but will also benefit the entire community.”
On February 26, 2008, the LAUSD Board of Education and the City of Los Angeles City Council adopted companion resolutions entitled: Create School-Community Parks in Partnership with Community Groups and the City of Los Angeles. As a result, the District is developing community school parks on elementary school campuses.
In December 2009, Calvert Elementary School was the first school approved for a Community School Park project. In April 2010, three additional Community School Parks were approved for Trinity, Vine Street and Beethoven elementary schools.
“This proposed action shows Facilities’ commitment to fulfill the Board of Education’s resolution passed in 2008,” LAUSD Chief Facilities Executive Kelly Schmader said. “Facilities staff works hard to identify resources to make these projects a reality.”
The total cost of the projects are $1.5 million. LAUSD will leverage Measure Y bond dollars with Board District 5 Measure K leveling funds. The projects will be completed by the end of 2012.
The community school park projects are part of LAUSD’s current $19.5 billion New School Construction and Modernization Program to provide every student with the opportunity to attend a safe and healthy neighborhood school operating on a traditional, two-semester calendar. For more information, please visit www.laschools.org.