Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her allocation of $700,000 of First District Measure A (1996) discretionary grants to the Elephant Hill Project:

“Open space is more than about simply preserving land from development. It’s about quality of life, reducing air pollution, enhancing time with family, and ensuring physical and mental health.

This project will create new parkland, greenways, and jogging paths – increasing access to recreation, exercise, and nature for the entire community. By preserving this open space, we are increasing recreational opportunities for one of the most park-poor neighborhoods in the County.

Life is better with parks and open space, and I am excited that we are able to preserve this space for future generations to enjoy.”

Today’s approval means the acquisition of four acres of private parcels in order to preserve them for public open space. Improvements to this new space will include public access improvements, trail construction, and related amenities. The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority is leading this important project.

Joseph T. Edmiston, Executive Officer of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, also released the following statement:

“Supervisor Solis’ contribution will enable MRCA to preserve more of the largest and most accessible natural hilltop in Northeast Los Angeles, which is currently mostly privately owned. It will also add recreational trail connections to existing public land in this urban oasis.”