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The Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA), along with our community-based partners Guam Communications Network (GCN) and Tongan Community Service Center (TCSC), are proud to present the results of our community survey of the Pacific Islander community in Lennox.
This survey was done as a part of our First 5 LA-funded project around Safe, Active Family Environments for Asians and Pacific Islanders (SAFE for APIs), which is a project where we are advocating that public parks adopt standards for safety, cleanliness and culturally competent family programming to promote active and healthy lifestyles for API community members.
In this report compiled by our researcher Brittany Morey, there is in-depth analysis of thoughts and perceptions of neighborhood parks in the growing Tongan community in Lennox, CA. With the help of Tongan youth interviewers, we were able to compile over 40 surveys from the local community, and find some very staggering results.
- Most Tongans do not use Lennox Park, even though it is convenient to use, close to many families, and the community needs outdoor areas for recreation and sports
- Reasons for this may be safety concerns, lack of welcoming environment for Tongans, gang violence, and cultural tensions/barriers