The Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District (RPOSD) was created after voters approved Proposition A – the Safe Neighborhood Parks Act – in November 1992. Proposition A authorized an annual assessment on virtually all parcels of real property within the County.
With that vote, $540 million in Proposition A grant funds were provided for the acquisition, restoration and rehabilitation of property for parks, recreation and natural lands. An additional $319 million in funding was obtained after voters approved a second measure in 1996. Additional funds have been made available through the Excess Funds Grant Program as well as the Maintenance and Servicing Fund.
Over the past 22 years, RPOSD has awarded more than $1 billion in grants to cities, county departments, state and local agencies and non-profit organizations for development, acquisition, improvement, restoration, and rehabilitation of parks, recreational, cultural, and community facilities, as well as open space lands throughout Los Angeles County.
Prop. A grants have funded numerous projects – including walking and hiking trails, senior centers, tree planting programs, graffiti removal, playground and fitness equipment, as well as restoration of rivers and streams such as the Los Angeles River and its tributaries and beaches throughout the county. In addition, grantees have employed over 25,000 youth, who have worked over four million hours assisting in the successful completion of grant-funded projects in their communities.
Iconic locations such as Griffith Park and The Hollywood Bowl, as well as the Point Vicente Interpretive Center, Walnut Creek Wildlife Habitat, Emerald Necklace Improvements and The City of Hawthorne’s Memorial Center Gymnasium, are just a few of the outstanding projects that have received Prop. A grant funding. This is in addition to the hundreds of neighborhood parks across the 88 cities and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County that have received funding through Prop. A to provide a more enjoyable experience for park-goers. Natural land and wildlife habitat, such as open space in the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains and foothills, have been acquired and will remain preserved in perpetuity thanks to Prop A funds.
We invite you to visit our site regularly for updates on grant-funded projects in your area that have been created, preserved and restored for your enjoyment – because “Parks Make Life Better!”