What is a Community School Park?
A community school park is a designated area on a school campus made available for public use for recreation and play during non-school hours, at no cost to the public. This community school park is made possible through a joint partnership between the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to provide access to school yards during the weekends in park deficient areas of the City. LAUSD provides access and RAP pays for the programming, staffing and maintenance.
Are Community School Parks Safe?
This community school parks program is a collaborative effort of the school principal, RAP, local non-profit organizations, and law enforcement to provide a safe place to play. RAP employs site monitors, who are generally from the local community and/or know the school, to open and close the school gates. As with many of our parks, during the hours they open, they will be monitored like a regular pocket park with city resources such as the Police Department or Park Rangers as needed. RAP is also ensuring that we maintain the cleanliness of the grounds during public use.