Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Mayor Eric Garcetti met on Monday at the NPS/CSP Community Outreach Office in El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument to highlight innovative new partnerships connecting urban youth to the outdoors. Secretary Jewell and Mayor Garcetti were given a sneak preview of the new LASHP Trails Mobile Website and an introduction to Franklin High School students who inspired the project through their work on an urban trails network with LA City Planning, the National Park Service, and California State Parks. Students from Franklin High School’s Arroyo Seco Academy identified Los Angeles State Historic Park as a “Community Trailhead” to link downtown Los Angeles, Chinatown, Northeast LA, and the LA River and promote a healthy system of pedestrian and non-motorized transit opportunities within a 650 acre area surrounding the park.
The walking tour to Los Angeles State Historic Park was led by Professor Fabian Wagmister of UCLA and Los Angeles Sector Superintendent Sean Woods highlighting the Mobile Website developed by UCLA’s Interpretive Media Laboratory (IM Lab) which formalizes the students’ trail network through a combination of wayfinding markers, themed trails, historical images and information along with calorie counting and mileage tracking capabilities. Inspired by urban youth and the City of Los Angeles, developed with the help of park agencies and UCLA, and funded by the California Endowment, the LASHP Trails website is a multi-disciplinary approach to health, history, and community engagement proving the value of collaborative partnerships and success of the Department’s Urban Strategic Initiative in Los Angeles. Check out the awesome article on Gizmodo http://gizmodo.com/los-angeles-launches-an-interactive-urban-trail-system-1541248828/all