Resources & Toolkits

Recommended Outside Resources

Part of building RPOSD’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP) includes identifying and sharing outside resources that could be helpful for grantees when planning their park and open space projects. We have found the following links informative and hope that you find them useful, too. Please don’t hesitate to recommend additional links or resources you don’t see listed here by emailing us at info@rposd.lacounty.gov!

Additional TAP resources will be available for park ‘high-need’ and ‘very-high-need’ communities. Contact your Grants Officer for additional information.

Accessibility and Universal Design Standards

When it comes to applying and practicing universal park design, the National Park Service is in the forefront.

CPTED Design Guidelines

There are four important Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) guidelines which you should follow when conducting a CPTED security property assessment.

Creating Parks and Public Places for People of All Ages

A free, step-by-step guide to developing fun, safe and healthy outdoor places by AARP.

From Fitness Zones to the Medical Mile

A publication on how urban park systems can best promote health and wellness by Peter Harnik and Ben Welle published by The Trust for Public Land.

International CPTED Association

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is defined as a multi-disciplinary approach for reducing crime through urban and environmental design and the management and use of built environments.

Nature Play Design Guidelines in the Built Environment: Design Standards and Guidelines

Initiated through a partnership with the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District and City and County of Denver Parks and Recreation as a commitment to advocate for connecting people and land through play as a core community value that is critical to a better quality of life and the development of future stewardship of public spaces, these guidelines compiled by Valerian llc. and Bienstock Natural Playgrounds build upon previous planning efforts and provide strategic alternatives that support the vision to incorporate nature play and learning spaces into parks, schools, open space, and science and cultural institution. 

Park Planners’ Toolbox

A page on the California State Parks website containing links to various helpful resources.

Pathway to Parks & Affordable Housing Joint Development

A document co-authored by LA THRIVES, SEACA, and Enterprise Community Partners as part of the Los Angeles Regional Open Space and Affordable Housing (LA ROSAH) collaborative. It outlines how parks and housing sectors can work together to leverage investments and help low-income Angelenos live in homes near transit and parks in order to create healthy, climate-resilient neighborhoods.  

Reclaiming the Right of Way

“A Toolkit for Creating and Implementing Parklets” published by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation.

SMART Parks: A Toolkit

Published by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, this document is a compilation of technologies that can be used in parks to make them SMART.

Standards for Accessible Design

Regulations according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 were updated in 2010. The document includes standards for public accommodations and facilities, relevant to all parks and open spaces.

Re-create & Recreate: Recycling Streets to Reshape Neighborhoods

An outline for a Master Plan that has been several years in the making by Ron Goldman, an architect with a goal of solving the park equity issue through “walkable neighborhood parks” created from “recycled streets”.

The Center for Universal Design

Although currently inactive, the center’s website contains useful information and references regarding universal design.

Complete Parks Indicators: A Systems Approach to Assessing Parks

ChangeLab Solutions introduces the 7 Complete Parks elements, presents indicators and sample metrics for assessing a parks system, and provides guidance on data collecting.

Complete Parks Overview: Creating an Equitable Parks System

This document by ChangeLab Solutions describes a new approach, the Complete Parks approach, and how it can be used to create a Complete Parks system.

CitiesWithNature

A shared platform for cities and their partners to engage and connect, working with shared commitment towards a more sustainable urban world.

City of Portland Public Involvement Manual and Toolkit

This document from Portland Parks & Recreation defines a process for collaborative development of public involvement plans and describes key elements that plans should include.

Community Engagement Resource Guide

Designed by NRPA to provide park and recreation professionals the tools to conduct community engagement, with an emphasis on equity and inclusion. It highlights essential steps to meaningful engagement around neighborhood-level and park-system planning projects.

Community Engagement Toolkit: Guidance and Resources for Engaging Community in Planning and Policy Development

In partnership with Public Health-Seattle & King County, Futurewise, Interim CDA, OneAmerica and El Centro de la Raza worked together to develop and pilot approaches to engaging community in local government planning.

Parks and Recreation Inclusion Report

Developed by NRPA  to provide greater insight into how agencies across the United States ensure that all members of their communities can enjoy parks and recreation. The study also highlights the significant challenges facing the industry in delivering on this promise.

The Nature of Cities

The Nature of Cities, to engage and educate community through cohesive messaging/signage

Community Partnering Program

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California created the program to provide grant sponsorship of up to $2000 maximum for water education programs and community events.

Funding Opportunities – California Department of Parks and Recreation

California State Park Office of Grants and Local Services maintains a list of current funding opportunities.

Grant and Loan Programs within the Natural Resources Agency

California Natural Resources Agency offers a variety of grant programs with different eligibility requirements. Check back frequently, as these are updated on a regular basis.

LA84 Foundation Grants

LA84 Foundation offers grants to organizations that focus on youth development through sport.

Land and Water Conservation Fund

California Land and Water Conservation Fund—Outreach Recreation Legacy Partnership Program provides funding for the acquisition or development of land to create new outdoor recreation opportunities for the health and wellness of Californians.

Local Resource Program

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California created the program to provide financial incentives to local projects such as water recycling, groundwater recovery, and seawater desalination projects developed by local and member agencies. 

Ongoing Grant Opportunities

Kaboom! offers various playground grant opportunities to help communities build safe places for kids to play.

Proposition 68 Grants

The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 provides several funding programs. These funds are intended to create parks, enhance river parkways, protect coastal forests and wetlands, and increase outdoor access.

Recreational Trails Program

Recreational Trails Program provides funds annually for recreational trails and trails-related projects. Funding is available at both state and federal levels.

Safe Places to Play – Giving Kids a Place to Call Their Own

U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants for projects transforming abandoned courts, empty schoolyards, vacant lots and the link into state-of-the-art soccer fields for kids.

Stormwater Recharge

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is expanding its effort to learn more about the water supply potential of local stormwater capture with a new $7.5 million pilot program. 

The Skatepark Grants

Tony Hawk Foundation aims to promote high quality, public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States, and to support International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding.

13 Short Range Livability Solutions Information

Placemaking solutions that can be implemented efficiently and cost effectively by AARP.

Clean Up Green Up

Environmental Justice site with some stories and how-to’s

Creating a Complete Los Angeles River Greenway For All

Presented by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, this Guide features 14 case studies of small and large projects that have improved community access to the LA River and/or created parks, pathways, or bridges along it.

Creating Parks and Public Places for People of All Ages

A free, step-by-step guide to developing fun, safe and healthy outdoor places by AARP.

Greening without Gentrification: Learning from Parks-Related Anti-Displacement Strategies Nationwide

This appendix is a supplement to Greening without Gentrification, a report written by Alessandro Rigolon, assistant professor in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at The
University of Utah, and Jon Christensen, adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA.

Measures Matter

A USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity publication on “Ensuring Equitable Implementation of Los Angeles County Measures M & A” by Vanessa Carter, Manuel Pastor, and Madeline Wander.

Pathway to Parks & Affordable Housing Joint Development

A document co-authored by LA THRIVES, SEACA, and Enterprise Community Partners as part of the Los Angeles Regional Open Space and Affordable Housing (LA ROSAH) collaborative. It outlines how parks and housing sectors can work together to leverage investments and help low-income Angelenos live in homes near transit and parks in order to create healthy, climate-resilient neighborhoods.  

Placemaking for an Aging Population

Published by the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, this report is a compilation of “Guidelines for Senior-Friendly Parks” authored by Anatasia Loukaitou-Sideris, Lené Levy-Storms, and Madeline Brozen. 

Re-create & Recreate: Recycling Streets to Reshape Neighborhoods

An outline for a Master Plan that has been several years in the making by Ron Goldman, an architect with a goal of solving the park equity issue through “walkable neighborhood parks” created from “recycled streets”.

Renewing the Commitment

An ADA Compliance Guide created by the Chicago Community Trust Fund. Although intended for Nonprofits, it is an informative guide for all agencies committed to serving the needs of people with disability on various platforms.