The City Project and Diverse Allies Submit Public Comments in Support of Alternative D

Posted: February 14th, 2012

The City Project and diverse allies have submitted public comments to the National Park Service (NPS) in support of the proposed national recreation area to bring the San Gabriel Mountains closer to the people – and take the people to the mountains.

View of the San Gabriel Mountains from the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area.

The City Project and diverse allies recommend that NPS strengthen and implement Alternative D in the draft study that NPS published in September 2011. The specific recommendations include the following:

  1. Create local green jobs that reflect the diversity of the region through training, apprenticeship and stewardship programs for youth and local residents.  If you want a national recreation area, work for jobs – and justice.
  2. Implement Transit to Trails programs to take urban youth and their families and friends on fun, educational and healthy hiking, biking and camping trips to mountains, rivers and other natural green spaces for no or low cost. A Transit to Trails program should incorporate education about land, water, wildlife, and cultural history, and the importance of physical activity and healthy eating for life-long health.
  3. Serve diverse needs and the full range of values at stake through a fully funded, balanced NRA that includes hiking, biking and camping as well as active recreation including soccer, baseball and other sports fields, complete green streets with biking trails and safe routes to school, and the joint use of parks, schools and pools within the NRA.  Greening the San Gabriel River is a best practice example for urban areas throughout the nation under the proposed NRA, and under President Barack Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative.
  4. Study, celebrate and preserve cultural, heritage and public art sites, and Native American sites to celebrate diversity, democracy and freedom.
  5. Develop culturally- and language-appropriate facilities, signage, and programming.
  6. Comply with equal justice laws and principles for equal access to public resources, including the President’s 1994 Order 12898 on Environmental Justice, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its regulations
  7. Expand the NRA boundaries to include more of the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo River corridors, urban communities south of the San Gabriels and nearby cultural, art and heritage sites.
  8. Expand the NRA boundaries to ensure connectivity among urban areas along the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo Rivers, Puente-Chino Hills, and Chino Hills State Park.
  9. Fully fund the proposed NRA.

Click here to see the San Gabriel River Bike Trail slide show and photo gallery.

Click here to read the public comments submitted by The City Project and following allies:

Robert Bracamontes, Yu-va’-tal ‘A’lla-mal (Black Crow), Acjachemen Nation, Juaneño Tribe
Raul Macias, Founder and Director, Anahuak Youth Soccer Association
Scott Chan, Project Coordinator, Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance
Jack K. Shu, Park Superintendent (Retired), California State Parks, Office of Community Involvement
Robert García, Founding Director and Counsel, Seth Strongin, Assistant Director for Policy and Research, Arturo Nevarez, Lead Organizer, The City Project
Mark Williams, Youth Director, Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles
Audrey Peterman, President, Frank Peterma, Vice President, Earthwise Productions, Inc.
Chad M. Silva, Policy Director, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
Alina Bokde, Executive Director, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust
Judith Bell, President, PolicyLink
Joel Reynolds, Director, Urban Program, Damon Nagami, Staff Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
Marc Brenman, Social Justice Policy Consultant
Nina S. Roberts, Associate Professor, San Francisco State University
Debra J.T. Padilla, Executive Director, SPARC (Social and Public Art Resource Center)