Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) provides stewardship to over 16,000 acres of land, and offers extensive recreation, social and cultural programs at 446 parks in every Los Angeles neighborhood from the valley to sea. RAP maintains and operates 312 athletic fields, 423 playgrounds, 341 indoor and outdoor basketball courts, 321 tennis courts, 184 community creation centers, 80 fitness areas, 62 swimming pools and aquatic centers, 30 senior centers, 30 skate parks, 13 golf courses 12 museums, 12 dog parks 187 summer youth camps, and support the Summer Night Lights Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program. In addition, the Department oversees Griffith Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America, and a number of iconic venues and landmarks such as Griffith Observatory, the Greek Theatre, the Hollywood Sign, and Venice Beach, which continue to attract millions of visitors from around the world.

The Department of Recreation and Parks is proud to be one of LA City’s most comprehensive social service providers, offering an array of diverse interesting and enriching recreational, educational, and culture programs that serve youth, adults, and seniors. Our ability to meet the growing need for these programs, and park access in general, will continue to depend upon the dedicated work of our 1work of our 1,400 full-time and 6,000 part-time/seasonal employee, 25,000 registered volunteers, and our amazing park partners and community-based organizations.

“This is a great opportunity for park leaders to learn from each other as many parks are facing the same challenges across the globe. The 2021 World Congress will bring together professionals from all over the world to develop a new vision for the future.”