The city of Artesia has unveiled an upgraded local park especially built for young children to fight the obesity epidemic our nation faces.
The new "tot lot" installation at Baber Park officially opened on Oct. 3., at at 17189 Baber Avenue.
According to city officials, the playground boasts new and upgraded equipment that has been specifically designed for young children under five years old. Construction was made possible through the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, which received a grant from First 5 LA.
“We are pleased to support the healthy development of young children through this Tot Parks and Trails project in the City of Artesia,” said Karen Robertson-Fall, program officer with First 5 LA. “By providing spaces for play and physical activity, the Barber Park will promote exercise and help youngsters maintain a healthy weight.”
The following background information on the tot lot was provided by the city:
Baber Park is the second Tot Park and Trail to be installed in the City of Artesia and fourth of ten new sites that will be opening over the next year in LA County’s Fourth Supervisorial District. The Los Angeles Conservation Corps teamed up with Amigos de los Rios, Rails to Trails, The Children’s Nature Institute, and The Better World Group to create and implement the innovative Tot Parks program that will significantly improve existing parks and better serve the needs of young children and their families.
The Tot Parks & Trails Program is creating innovative, safe, and vibrant play spaces by installing new playground equipment and stroller trails for 0 to 5 year olds to make local parks (that are often designed only for older children’s needs) more attractive and usable by young children and their caregivers.