The bill would establish the School Pavement to Parks Grant Program under the administration of the State Department of Education for purposes of providing grants to applicant school districts maintaining schools in disadvantaged communities to convert portions of existing pavement at those schools to parks. The bill would require the State Department of Education to establish processes and procedures for administering the grant program. As a condition of receiving a grant, the bill would require each grant recipient to implement a gardening program at participating schools maintained by the school district.
The notion that children today play outside at the same rate as generations before them is a is misconception. Research shows children are spending half as much time outside as they did 20 years ago, with the average child playing freely outside for just four to seven minutes a day according to a recent report, The Path Ahead. Reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found nearly 80 percent of American children do not engage in the recommended amount of physical activity. Addressing lack of outdoor time must be a priority when considering the overall health and wellness of California's youth and solutions are needed to connect youth to the benefits of outdoor green spaces.