Parks Advocacy

We work to promote safe and equitable parks for young children.

We work to make outdoor play more accessible to young children and their families, by partnering with community members of the Regional Groups, sponsored by First 5 Contra Costa, to evaluate, map, and advocate for quality parks of Antioch, Bay Point, Pittsburg, Concord, and San Pablo. To date our efforts have resulted in the allocation of $2.5 million in city funds for improved parks in low-income neighborhoods.


In partnership with the Regional Groups, sponsored by First 5 Contra Costa, we created and distributed nearly 4,000 community-friendly bilingual maps of parent-approved parks to providers and low-income families.


In collaboration with Contra Costa Health Plan and Contra Costa Child Care Council, we developed brochures that address parental concerns about outdoor play and provide tips to promote physical activity. We disseminated these brochures to over 2,000 childcare providers and families with young children in East County. All of our materials are available to download below:

Contra Costa Health Plan has put together a brochure with helpful tips and resources that takes the worry out of outdoor play.

Plan to Play: a brochure with helpful tips and resources that takes the worry out of outdoor play. Collaboratively created by HAB45 and Contra Costa Health Plan  English ( pdf 829 KB)   Spanish ( pdf 829 KB)

Check out some great examples of best practices for community engagement and equity in parks!

Parks and Recreation-The Social Equity Issue