Los Angeles – In a partnership with Friends of the Children-Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Metrolink, children in foster care and their parents from Palmdale enjoyed an afternoon of touring along historic locations in Newhall.
On June 26, 30 foster children and family members participated in a scooter tour of the Walk of Western Stars that honors legends of Western film, television and radio who have contributed to America’s heritage in Old Town Newhall.
The adventure began with a ride on the Metrolink Antelope Valley line to the Newhall Station. Upon detraining, the group was met by the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition for their days’ trek. Participants were provided with a complimentary Lime scooter for the tour.
After a 45-minute tour, the families enjoyed lunch at Newhall Park, sponsored by Bucca di Beppo restaurant and Earle Enterprises.
“For a young person, spending a carefree day enjoying the outdoors with an adult can be a life-changing event and especially so for children in the foster care system,” said Friends of the Children-Los Angeles Executive Director Thomas Lee. “Our goal is to support children and parents impacted by foster care, and a day of fun goes a long way toward helping families bond.”
The families rode back to the Metrolink Newhall Station for the return to Palmdale.
On July 10, 40 foster children and their families from Central Los Angeles will board a Metrolink train at historic Union Station for the one-hour trip to Claremont. Lime scooters will be provided for a 45-minute ride through the Claremont Colleges and the Claremont Village with lunch waiting at Cahuilla Park.
“Introducing young people to the fun of physical activity can start a life-long commitment to a healthy lifestyle and good habits,” said Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition Senior Director, Policy and Partnerships Kevin Shin. “These trips might be the impetus for a young person to open his or her horizons to future success.”
Metrolink supports organizations such as Friends of the Children-Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition through its Metrolink Cares initiative.
“Demonstrating to families in the foster care system that there are people who care and can help them could be enough to get them through the rough patches that we all face,” said Metrolink Interim CEO Arnold Hackett. “Facilitating this day of fun is a simple gesture but it means we care.”
After lunch, the families will head back to the Claremont Station for the return trip to Union Station.
Metrolink Cares partners with community-based groups to mentor young people at risk of falling into a life of gangs and violence, trains persons with developmental disabilities to connect with employment opportunities and assists fundraising efforts to improve health and wellness for all people.
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