Parks & Recreational Space includes safe and well-maintained parks and fields, trails and other open spaces that are accessible and inviting for all community members.
Parks & Recreational Space & Latino Health
Inviting, accessible, and safe parks and recreational areas encourage physical activity, create spaces where community residents can connect, and improve the physical aesthetic of neighborhoods making them more inviting to economic investment. Parks are especially valuable for promoting exercise and walking in low-income communities, where cost and access to indoor gyms can be a barrier to physical activity.
Latino Coalition for a Healthy California supports the designation of Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails and Castle Mountains for National Monument Status.
Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC) is proud to support Sen. Feinstein’s bid to designate Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails and Castle Mountains for national monument status. The superlatives that can be used to describe the geology, flora, fauna, and intrinsic treasures of these areas are endless.
As the leading advocates for Latino health in California, LCHC recognizes the intrinsic value of protecting these resources for both current and future populations. Currently, over one-quarter of California’s 40 million inhabitants are located within a 90-minute drive of some of the proposed monument areas. Considering that many Latinos living in Southern California come from areas considered park-poor, the preservation of these desert habitats becomes even more critical.
Accessible parks and recreation areas are strong determinants of health. With obesity and diabetes rates reaching epidemic proportions in California, opportunities for physical activities, such as hiking through protected desert environments will help encourage healthy habits for both parents and children.
LCHC applauds Sen. Feinstein’s efforts and also those of the local supporters to make the Sand to Snow, Mojave Trails and Castle Mountains national monuments.
The City Project’s policy report, Healthy Parks, Schools and Communities: Mapping Green Access and Equity for Southern California, maps and analyzes park access and equity in nine counties in Southern California. While there is an abundance of green space throughout the region as a whole, not all residents enjoy equal access to these resources.
Our nation is currently facing pressing public health concerns relating to obesity. As a result of sky- rocketing obesity rates, chronic diseases are also on the rise. The dialogue around tackling obesity has shifted from solely focusing on nutrition towards understanding the built environment and its influence on promoting healthy lifestyles.
Several years ago The Trust for Public Land launched its Parks for People initiative to put a park within easy reach of every family—particularly in cities and metropolitan areas, where 85 percent of Americans live. That work involves helping communities plan for parks and open space conservation, often through the use of an award-winning Geographic Information System (GIS) technology that TPL calls “greenprinting.” TPL also helps communities raise funds for parks and open space conservation and complete the sometimes complicated real estate transactions needed to put parks on the ground. In some cities TPL is helping to turn abandoned or underused parks and playgrounds into valuable community resources.