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Meet the PLAY Grantees!

Posted August 25, 2020 by Team LA2050

The PLAY category represents our vision of a Los Angeles where people of all ages have easy access to high-quality, sustainable venues to get active, explore the outdoors, and appreciate our natural environment. By the year 2050, people of all ages will enjoy safe neighborhoods, vibrant park space, and abundant recreational opportunities.

Below, learn more about the five My LA2050 winners making LA the best place to PLAY.

$100,000 Winner: The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks enriches the lives of LA residents by providing safe, welcoming parks and recreation facilities with affordable activities for people of all ages.

Did you know? Rec and Parks manages 16,000 acres of parkland and 92 miles of hiking trails! But with facilities closed due to COVID-19, Rec and Parks is bringing its programming to your home. Head to RecConnectLA for free virtual fitness classes, educational activities, and more.

$50,000 Winner: The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) is bigger than baseball, envisioning a city where every Angeleno, regardless of zip code, has the opportunity to thrive.

LADF applied to My LA2050 for funding to support the construction of its largest project to date, installing the three Dodgers Dreamfields at Gonzales Park in Compton. The new facilities will honor baseball legend Jackie Robinson and his family. Watch this video to learn more about the project.

$25,000 Winner: The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) serves to empower youth to discover their greater potential through at-sea experiences aboard educational sailing vessels.

Teachers and caretakers of at-home learners: LAMI is providing a free “Virtual Voyage" science curriculum that addresses California K-12 standards through maritime topics such as the water cycle, the physics of sailing, and ocean pollution. Check it out!

$15,000 Winner: Public Matters is a creative studio for civic engagement, addressing the trust gap between institutions and agencies in historically marginalized neighborhoods and communities.

Public Matters has leveraged its unique talent for using the arts as a lever for social change in solving some of our region's most pressing problems, from food justice to traffic safety. Follow @publicmatters on Instagram for updates.

$10,000 Winner: Urban Warehouse teaches youth the value of education through its after-school program, where they use skateboarding as an academic incentive and incorporate art activities.

Every Friday from 10 am to 2 pm, Urban Warehouse operates a pop-up food pantry at its site in East Los Angeles. During COVID-19, the organization has partnered with LA Care to increase its capacity and serve 500 families per week. Find details on the Urban Warehouse website.