Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion to direct the LA County Department of Parks and Recreation to submit Prop 68 grant applications for four new County parks, including $4,323,000 for the Walnut Park Pocket Park, to the California Department of Parks and Recreation:

“As we see every day in our communities, and as was confirmed in the 2016 Los Angeles Countywide Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment, there exists a very high need for high-quality, accessible neighborhood parks.

Far too many neighborhoods do not have a safe, local neighborhood park. For example, in the unincorporated community of Walnut Park, there exists only 0.1 park acres per 1,000 residents – far below LA County’s average of 3.3 park acres per 1,000 residents.

Today’s action by the Board of Supervisors approves my motion directing LA County to submit grant applications for four new County Parks, including the new Walnut Park Pocket Park.

When completed, Walnut Park Pocket Park will include a splash pad/water feature, a universally-accessible play area, exercise equipment, picnic tables, a walking path, a restroom with sheriff substation, a plaza and stage area, an open turf area, murals and public art, as well as related amenities.

I am especially proud that this new park was shaped and designed by our Walnut Park community, which will enjoy this new park for generations to come.”