BEACHES AND PARKS
PROTECTING EQUAL ACCESS TO RECREATIONAL SPACES FOR EVERYONE
BEACHES AND PARKS 4 ALL AT A GLANCE
An alliance of community members who believe that all LA County public recreational spaces should be protected for equal use and access by all!
We believe that creating homeless housing on our public beaches and at our parks, as Mike Bonin and other city officials propose, will prevent access to public treasures that are enjoyed by tens of thousands of people each year from all over Los Angeles as well as our tourists from all over the world.
• We are a 501(c) 3 created to preserve, protect and promote equal access for All to public spaces, including LA beaches and parks.
• We began as an alliance throughout CD-11 (Venice, Playa Del Rey, Mar Vista, Westchester, Pacific Palisades, Marina Del Rey, and Brentwood) and now hope to raise awareness across Los Angeles County that beaches and parks are under threat of being appropriated by LA City government.
• We were galvanized by Mike Bonin’s Motion 21-0350 that plans to build "cabin communities"in parks and on beaches including Will Rogers State Beach, Dockweiler Beach Marina del Rey, Fisherman’s Village, Mar Vista Park and Westchester Park, among others.
CURRENT RECREATIONAL SPACES AFFECTED
Westchester Park was once a bustling park with a nationally renowned skate park (skateboarding), tennis courts, a recreational swimming pool, a playground for children, four baseball fields, a picnic area with tables, basketball courts, a recreational center with programs for
children, a senior center, a childcare center, and a county library branch.
There are now unsupervised homeless encampments on the baseball fields, surrounding the pool and in picnic area. The lack of policing has made it impossible for Los Angeles residents to enjoy the park . There are now incidents of daily violent crimes and drug abuse, fights breaking out making it impossible to have enjoy a peaceful day.
As many as 200 tents line the oceanfront in this Los Angeles-area town that for decades has been a lure for surfers and tourists. The area is a chaotic jumble of any material that can create shelter, and of waste and detritus, amid appalling hygiene conditions. The smell of urine competes with that of suntan lotion.
Three months ago Playa del Rey had been a stand of native willow trees and other vegetation where endangered songbirds would nest. Then, one sunny afternoon, a brush fire, started by an unhoused male, broke out and scorched five acres before firefighters could put it out.