The Partnership Division works closely with the Department’s Grants Administration Section and the Los Angeles Parks Foundation.
The Grants Administration Section was formed in 1995 to address the growing need for new and improved recreation, park and open space facilities. The section was responsible for seeking capital grant funds and managing all administrative activities such as monitoring, billing, regular reporting to the various grantors, project close out and other project related responsibilities. Since its inception, the Grants Administration Section has secured over $3 million in capital grant funds from various state, federal, local and private sources. These funds have resulted in the development of numerous recreation centers, skate parks, state-of-the-art play areas, aquatic facilities, soccer and football fields. Specific projects have included the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium; Fred Roberts, Imperial Courts, MacArthur Park, and Pan Pacific Recreation Centers; Griffith Observatory improvements; John Ferraro Soccer Complex; Pedlow Field Skate Park; Rancho Cienega Sports Center athletic fields; Ascot Hills, Rio de Los Angeles, and Rockwood Parks
In addition to securing and administering capital grant funds, the Section is also responsible for managing project maintenance funds in excess of $4 million annually.
In 2010, as part of the Department’s reorganization, all grant operation activities, both capital and program grants, were consolidated under the Grants Administration Section. Grants Administration now has the added responsibility for securing program grant funds to support the Department’s various recreation and parks programming. The Section is currently managing in excess of $3 million in program grant funds that support various Department aquatic, child care, fishing, golf, recreation, nutrition and senior programs, such as the Learn to Swim and Junior Lifeguard Programs, Jim Gilliam Child Care Center, Cabrillo Pier Fishing Program, as well as others.
The Grants Administration Section’s mission is to continue to support the Department’s efforts in providing quality recreation and park programming and facilities through our goal of securing millions of dollars of grant fund from a variety of funding sources.
The Los Angeles Parks Foundation
The Los Angeles Parks Foundation was created in 2008 for the purpose of supporting the objectives of the Department of Recreation and Parks. Established as a California not-for-profit, the Foundation raises funds for over 417 parks to complement and support, but not supplant, the funding and activities provided for recreation and parks. The LA Parks Foundation funds capital projects and programs, secures corporate sponsorships, solicits family-style events and maintains Friend-of-the-Parks, Adopt-A-Park and Donate-A-Bench programs. The Foundation provides support that the City of Los Angeles is unable to offer by raising funds to improve park facilities, enhance park environments, preserve and restore historic elements in our City parks, support sustainability and purchase property for future parkland.
The Los Angeles Parks Foundation's mission is to enhance, preserve and expand recreation and parks for the people of Los Angeles.
For more information on the Los Angeles Parks Foundation visit www.laparksfoundation.org.