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State releases application for park need

parksThe California State Parks has released what it says is the nation’s first statewide GIS system of demographic data that can help identify where community parks are needed.

The new Park Access Tool can produce reports about every city, county, senate and assembly district, or neighborhood area in California, State Parks announced on Aug. 19.

The new system also features a locator for more than $2.3 billion of grant-funded park projects provided through the California State Park’s Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS).

“It is important for Californians to not only have access to state parks, but to also have immediate daily access to parks within their own communities,” said California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat. “The Park Access Tool provides demographic information that can help spark grass-roots, community-based efforts to improve the health and quality of life locally through the establishment of new parks.”

Seventy-two percent of Californians walk to parks they most frequently use, according to a 2012 public survey by California State Parks. Twenty-four percent of California residents live further than a half mile from a park, according to the Park Access Tool.

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