Researchers in an independent study give Los Angeles city parks high marks and suggest officials find ways to create small parks in more areas. The Rand Corp., as part of a major study it is conducting on how to improve public health, found the city is in a better position than neighboring jurisdictions in both the number of parks it operates and their quality. “Quite frankly, we were impressed with the amount of use the parks get and the view the public has of the personnel at their local parks,” said Rand researcher Deborah Cohen, lead author of the study. “I was amazed when we found that 43 percent of the people who answered our surveys have their children enrolled in some program at the local park.” The surveys of 12 neighborhood parks showed that 81 percent of those who responded live within one mile of the park they were using. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Parks General Manager Jon Mukri said the surveys show him the need to reach out to more communities. “I think we need to do better than 43 percent,” Mukri said. Mukri said he will use the study as well as recent audits from Controller Laura Chick as blueprints to make changes. In part, he wants to look at the entire city and find where there is the greatest need for more park space. Cohen said Rand also was focusing on parks earmarked for work under Proposition K and will return to see what improvements have been made. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!