Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich was honored Wednesday for his work to preserve open space and expand recreational opportunities.
The honors came from People For Parks, an Encino-based nonprofit organization formed in 1989 to promote parks and natural areas across Los Angeles County.
Also recognized in a ceremony at the Hollywood Bowl were Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, for combining community policing with “smart recreation” to reclaim MacArthur Park; and the duo of Kelly Meyer and Chi Kim, who fight childhood obesity through their American Heart Association Teaching Garden, where children learn to plant seeds, nurture plants and harvest produce.
The organization said Antonovich “has worked to preserve open spaces since taking office in 1980. Among the major parks and facilities in Supervisor Antonovich’s Fifth District are the Arboretum and Descanso Gardens. Mike is an ardent supporter of county equestrian, cycling and walking trails and has reached out to the private sector to help fund enclosed parks in high desert communities where harsh weather conditions make outdoor activities impractical.”
Said Antonovich: “Our public parks and trails are a vital component in our effort to improve the quality of life for County residents. Despite challenging economic times, our county has been able to keep our parks open while expanding and improving our parks and trails infrastructure.”
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