On the Playground Where We Spent Most of Our Days (My LA2050 Grants Challenge Proposal) VOTE NOW!
BlacklistLA is up for My LA2050 Grants Challenge for PLAY, but why?
Remember when you were a kid and how much you would look forward to recess? Remember making a mad dash to the playground? Meeting up with your friends and having no care in the world, even if it was just for an hour. Yeah, those were the days.
Since 2013, BlacklistLA has resurrected recess, keeping the spirit alive for all ages. From our first Monday night run, we’ve transformed the streets of Los Angeles into our very own playground! With shared love of running, street art and culture, Angelinos of diverse backgrounds have been able to connect in this city like never before.
Along with events like our Happy Birthday LA 5K, our Project 4242 training programs, we’ve been able to bring back the fun in running. Teaching the community to embrace moving has started improving public health, thus reducing the obesity epidemic that, in this city, comes from not moving enough (AKA always sitting in cars).
However, the dream is far from finished.
There’s new challenges that arise from hosting hundreds of runners at a time on the car-centric streets of LA, which happens to lead all cities in pedestrian fatalities. In alliance with Vision Zero, we aim to put an end to that statistic once and for all. We’ve taken it as a responsibility to keep our runners safe and we need all the help we can get to make LA the absolute best place to play!
With LA2050’s PLAY grant of $100,000 making the streets accessible, and safer for all will be that much closer to becoming a reality. More support, more resources, more volunteers and more awareness will allow everyone to enjoy recess, again.
Check out some highlights from our proposal below and please vote for us:
With the help of our volunteers, our weekly runs, the Happy Birthday L.A. 5K and Project 4242, BlacklistLA has been extremely successful in mobilizing and strengthening our community, highlighting the efficiency of activating public spaces, reduction of obesity, and inspiring active individuals for years to come. However, our work to make L.A. the best city continues.
Being awarded this grant would allow us to both continue our work in running and make strides in helping Vision Zero eliminate traffic deaths by 2025. To support this vision, we will facilitate workshops, create runner safety campaigns for our specific community, and collect data from our members to create a safer city for all.
PLEASE VOTE NOW BEFORE OCTOBER 25TH!