LA Open Acres is a tool for neighborhoods to transform vacant spaces into healthy places. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to get their daily dose of healthy food, physical activity, and community no matter where they live. In coming months, this site will increasingly serve as a platform for people to access tools, resources, and up-to-date information about vacant land in their neighborhood. We have two goals: help get projects started on vacant land and make the process for doing so more accessible. Early in 2014, LAOpenAcres.org will release an online, interactive map of public and private vacant land in Los Angeles. Check out our friends in New York, Philadelphia and New Orleans for an idea of things to come!

LA Open Acres is a project of Community Health Councils, 596 Acres, and C-LAB made possible by LA2050 and people like you.


CHC is a non-profit community-based health education and policy organization in South LA. Established in 1992, our mission is to promote social justice and achieve equity in community and environmental resources for underserved populations. As part of this effort, CHC actively works with partners across Los Angeles, including Los Angeles Neigborhood Land Trust and members of the Coalition for South LA of which it convenes and facilitates to increase equitable access of quality green spaces. Watch the video About Community Health Councils to learn more about our work.

596 Acres is a non-profit founded in Brooklyn, NY, that builds online organizing platforms for land access advocates and facilitators; we are also NYC’s community land access advocates. In 2013, 596 Acres partnered with the Garden Justice Legal Initiative at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia to launch Grounded in Philly. In November 2013, 596 Acres released a beta version of LivingLotsNOLA in partnership with the New Orleans Food & Farm Network. These tools are transforming municipal data into information advocates can use. 596 Acres is a project of the Fund for the City of New York.

C-LAB, the Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting, is an experimental research unit devoted to the development of new forms of communication in architecture, set up as a semi-autonomous think and action tank at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.