Los Angeles Countywide Parks Needs Assessment Plus (PNA+)

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Los Angeles County, Calif., CA

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About the Program

Category: Parks and Recreation (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

Developed by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), the Parks Needs Assessment Plus (PNA+) is an update to the 2016 Parks Needs Assessment and the county’s plan to achieve “30x30” which is the goal of conserving 30 percent of lands and coastal waters by the year 2030 to fight climate change and protect biodiversity. The PNA+ establishes a new paradigm for conservation that includes the acquisition and protection of natural lands as well as the proactive and strategic restoration of degraded lands, especially in communities where vulnerable populations and environmental burdens are concentrated. As part of DPR’s efforts to restore degraded lands and advance environmental justice, DPR has been making substantial improvements to the 126-acre Earvin “Magic” Johnson Recreation Area which lies on the site of a former oil storage facility and is in the process of implementing the Puente Hills Landfill Park Master Plan to transform 142 acres of a former landfill into the first new regional park in the county in over 35 years.