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LA imposes new park fee on developments

Measure will generate $30M each year for the park fund, councilmember says

September 09, 2016 03:30PM

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Rendering of Agence Ter's design

Rendering of Agence Ter’s design for Pershing Square

Get your frolick on, Los Angeles — more parks may be coming this way.

City Council unanimously approved a measure Wednesday that would charge developers higher fees that would go toward the city’s park system, Curbed reported.

Under the city’s old “Quimby Fees” system, most residential developers could skirt the park fees. Wednesday’s change could generate $30 million in additional funding, according to Councilmember José Huizar, who spearheaded the new ordinance.

Out of 100 American cities, L.A. ranked 65th in the Trust of Public Land’s assessment of how well a city is meeting the public need for park space. Between 2014 and 2015, the city lost nearly 10,000 acres of total park space, despite increased per-capita park spending.

In May, the city revealed the winning design, courtesy of French landscaping firm Agence Ter, for the redevelopment of Pershing Square. [Curbed] — Cathaleen Chen