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County parks system sets virtual workshops, surveys


Los Angeles County residents are being asked for input on their parks and recreation needs in a series of virtual workshops and online surveys conducted over the next month.

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation will apply what is called an “equity lens” to identify, analyze, map and document the need for parks, beaches, lakes, trails, natural areas and open spaces, including the park needs of rural communities in the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, Santa Monica Mountains and Santa Catalina Island.

“Parks are a matter of public health, social equity and serve a vital role in supporting resilient communities throughout Los Angeles County,” said Norma Garcia-Gonzalez, director of LA County Parks and Recreation.

Eleven online workshops are scheduled for this month and early September, one for each regional study area established for the Regional and Rural Edition, which is a focused update of the 2016 Los Angeles Countywide Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment.

Each workshop will include specific information about the study area, allowing for more focused discussions based on geography and the unique attributes of each area. The public may attend any of the following nearby workshops:

— Aug. 21, 9:30 a.m., Antelope Valley

—Aug. 26, 6 p.m., Santa Clarita Valley

— Aug. 28, 9:30 a.m., San Fernando Valley

The online surveys will be used to collect public input. The first survey is intended for a countywide audience and focuses on general recreation needs and preferences. It is available at

The second survey focuses on the park and recreation needs of rural communities in the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, Santa Monica  Mountains and Santa Catalina Island. It is available at Also visit “lacparkneeds” across social media platforms, or visit