On Sept. 1, I was joined by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and hundreds of wide-eyed, smiling youth from South LA for the grand opening of a brand new, state-of-the-art synthetic field at Trinity Park—one of latest upgrades and part of a nearly $1 million investment to the area. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, we held a soccer programming clinic with National Soccer Hall of Fame member Hugo Pérez.
With almost one-third of the population that I represent under the age of 18, it is imperative that our families have clean, safe spaces and recreational programming that our youth need to be happy and prosper.
Unfortunately, our neighborhood parks have been historically underfunded and haven’t always had the resources they need or support they deserve. To say this is a high priority issue for my office is an understatement. Since taking office in 2013, I have helped secure more than $38 million for much-needed repairs and improvements at more than half of the 26 parks in Council District 9.
Improvements to-date at Trinity Park include: a state-of-the-art, synthetic soccer field; new custom playground equipment; and resurfaced basketball courts, among other upgrades.
Stay tuned for more upgrades coming to several of our parks later this year. I can honestly say that I'm very happy with the progress that we've made so far, but we have a lot more work to do.