On February 2, Councilman Curren D. Price, Jr., joined by the Department of Recreation and Parks, celebrated the installation of a new, vibrant colored playground at Slauson Recreation Center—expected to be a thriving gathering place for youth and families living near the underserved neighborhood park.
Since taking office in 2013, Councilman Price has championed much-needed repairs and improvements to historically underfunded neighborhood parks—helping to invest more than $28 million in upgrades to improve the health and quality of life of families and children in the district.
“Parks are some of our most treasured public spaces,” Price said. “This is a critical issue for me as almost one-third of the population that I represent is under 18 years old. Our families deserve clean, safe green spaces, and increased programming to thrive.”
Most recently, Councilman Price successfully securing $2 million in funding for community parks in the Ninth District, which will result in a slew of restoration projects slated for 2016.
The new playground at Slauson Park includes a newly custom designed clubhouse style playground with rock climbing, resilient surfacing, slides, safety rails, and an express swing. There are future plans to paint the recreation center, renovate the play field, and install additional lighting.
“The Department of Recreation and Parks is extremely excited that the children and families of the Slauson Recreation Center community are now able to enjoy their new playground and park improvements. I share Councilmember Price’s enthusiasm in remaining committed to improving the quality of life in our underserved neighborhoods”, said Michael A. Shull, General Manager, Recreation and Parks.
In the coming months, Central and Latham parks will receive new play equipment; Trinity and Ross Snyder parks will get new synthetic soccer fields; and South Park will continue to undergo a $12 million, 7-phase makeover complete with new baseball and soccer fields, basketball courts, walking trails and more.
“Our parks serve as a community hub for our families and offer a place to run and play for our children,” Price said.
“I want to commend the Department of Recreation and Parks for the role they’ve played in helping to beautify our community.”