Decision aims to aid affected families.
Following approval by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Department of Parks and Recreation will provide open gym, expand snack programs, and free programming at six community regional parks during the LAUSD teachers strike, not to exceed 30 days.
The following parks will serve snacks from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. during weekdays starting Friday, Jan. 18:
- City Terrace Park, 1126 N. Hazard Ave., Los Angeles.
- Eugene A. Obregon Park, 4021 E. First St., Los Angeles.
- Ruben Salazar Park, 3864 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles.
- Dexter Park, 11053 N. Trail Road, Kagel Canyon.
- Athens Park, 12603 S. Broadway, Los Angeles.
- Helen Keller Park, 12521 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles.
- Leon H. Washington Park, 8908 S. Maie Ave., Los Angeles.
- Mary M. Bethune Park, 1244 E. 61 St., Los Angeles.
- Ladera Park, 6027 Ladera Park Ave., Los Angeles.
The following six county parks will continue providing snacks and special programming from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the LAUSD strike:
- Jesse Owens Community Regional Park, 9651 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles.
- Ted Watkins Memorial Park, 1335 E. 103 St., Los Angeles.
- Victoria Community Regional Park, 419 E. 192 St., Carson.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Park, 7600 Graham Ave., Los Angeles.
- El Cariso Community Regional Park, 13100 Hubbard St., Sylmar.
- Belvedere Community Regional Park, 4914 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles.
The Board of Supervisor also approved waiving admission, parking and other associated fees for LAUSD students and their custodians during school hours from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge; Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia; South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Estates; and Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills.
Additionally, county supervisors authorized the Department of Parks and Recreation to work together with the Los Angeles County Public Library to expand children’s snack programs to libraries.
“We understand the challenges many households and children are facing as the strike continues,” said John Wicker, director of the Department of Parks and Recreation. “The selected county parks will provide children with an opportunity to spend quality time in a safe environment.”