A parkland in Griffith, California, that once stretched across much of the city and had become a destination for visitors is no more.
A coalition of the state, county and city of Los Angeles has asked the city to stop building parallel parking on the parkland, arguing that it has an environmental impact.
The park, the second largest in the world, has long been a hub for the city’s burgeoning Latino community.
Its parks are known as the “lives of our children.”
“The city of Santa Ana has been a leader in the city, a leader that we’re looking for to be our partner in this endeavor,” said Chris Mather, president of the Los Angeles County Parks Foundation.
“It is very disappointing that they would have to shut down a park that was the heartbeat of the Latino community, and is one of the places that they have the largest Latino population in the country.”
The parks have been a center of Latino culture and a symbol of the diversity of Los Angelenos.
But in the past few years, the parks have become a place of conflict and a haven for anti-immigrant sentiment.
The city has been under fire from groups including the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP and others.
Critics say the park has become a symbol for anti