The Shade Equity Master Plan engagement process is expected to take place over the next two years.

Shade Equity Master Plan to Kick Off Saturday

Graphic courtesy of Kounkuey Design Initiative

MECCA — The Eastern Coachella Valley Shade Equity Master Plan, the first-ever plan of its kind to address a rural area, will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mecca Sports Complex, 91391 Ave. 66.

The Shade Equity Master Plan will recommend where and how to create more shade, addressing the region’s policies, built environment, programming, and research.

Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI), UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation, the Oasis Leadership Committee, and Riverside University Health System will be on hand for the kickoff.

The event includes food, games, shade demonstrations and key remarks from County Supervisor Manuel Perez, Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, other local leaders and project partners.

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research supported ECV Shade Equity Master Plan with
an Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program Adaptation Planning Grant. The ECV
Shade Equity Master Plan will provide a roadmap for the unincorporated ECV communities of
Mecca, North Shore, Oasis, and Thermal to invest in new shade infrastructure and adapt to
extreme heat.

In the ECV, where temperatures top 100 degrees Fahrenheit for over 100 days each year, lack of access to shade can be deadly. With temperatures rising across these communities due to climate change, climate-adapted infrastructure that protects the most vulnerable from excessive heat will be needed.

The benefits of a shade master plan for this region can be far-reaching, with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, health, the economy, social cohesion, stormwater management, government coordination, and more equitable distribution of resources being some of the key beneficial outcomes for residents and stakeholders.

The Shade Equity Master Plan engagement process is expected to take place over the next two years and will include community workshops, surveys, and outreach events. KDI and UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation will work with the Oasis Leadership Committee, a group of community leaders from the unincorporated area of Oasis, and Riverside University Health System to engage with local residents, government officials, non-profits, extreme heat mitigation and shading experts, and other cities that have implemented shade plans.

To learn more about the process and how to get involved, please visit https://kounkuey.org/projects/ecv_shade

Image Sources

  • Shade structure: Kounkuey Design Initiative