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More park space could be coming to the lower L.A. River thanks to bill signed by Gov. Brown

Robert Blankenship tries to unhook a sock he caught in the Los Angeles River. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Robert Blankenship tries to unhook a sock he caught in the Los Angeles River. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)

Addressing a shortage of parks in the area, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed legislation creating a Lower Los Angeles River Recreation and Parks District to launch the construction, improvement and maintenance of new amenities.

A report by Los Angeles County recently identified the area around the lower river as one of the most park-poor areas in the county. The cities of Maywood and Bell have 0.3  and 0.4 acres of park per 1,000 residents respectively, while the county-wide average is 3.3 acres per 1,000 residents. 

Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) said a lack of funding had hindered efforts to provide more parks, and the new district would be able to apply for millions of dollars that had recently been approved in bond measures and legislation.

“The goal of this bill is to increase access to outdoor space and parks in a region where those amenities are sorely lacking,” Lara said in a statement. “This bill will help to promote the development of open space and parks for the benefit of Southeast communities and ensure that the Lower L.A. River is no longer overlooked.”

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