Hundreds of residents flocked to their participating Parks After Dark (PAD) County park on June 15, as they welcomed the 2017 PAD season and enjoyed food, sports, dance, music, children’s activities and more during extended summer evening hours.

A program that provides participants of all ages an opportunity to engage in a variety of free recreational activities on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. through Aug. 5, PAD is being offered at 23 County parks this year (see table below for a listing of parks).

Carrie Fortin of Lake Los Angeles brought her family to Stephen Sorensen Park to enjoy the festivities. “Parks After Dark gives my kids nice things to do during the summer, and it keeps them off the streets,” she said, smiling at her three children. “I highly recommend that people bring their children to this program, because it gives kids something fun to do, and it keeps them safe!”

Since its inception in 2010, PAD has helped transform County parks into safe havens for community members to participate in quality programming and gain access to valuable resources. Activities include soccer, basketball, swimming and martial arts, as well as access to gyms and pool facilities.

Educational programming includes arts and crafts, healthy cooking and computer courses, as well as entertainment and cultural programming such as movies, concerts, and talent shows. Each PAD park also hosts a resource fair and provides community members access to valuable health, social, economic and legal resources. Some parks will also feature Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) information mobile museums and booths.

Contact your local County PAD park for schedule of events.

PAD is led by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Chief Executive Office, Department of Public Health, Sheriff’s Department, Probation Department, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and many other County departments, government agencies and community organizations.

The following park locations are PAD participants:

 SUPERVISORIAL DISTRICT

PARK/LOCATION

SD1

BASSETT PARK - 510 N. Vineland Ave., La Puente, CA 91746
BELVEDERE COMMUNITY REGIONAL PARK - 4914 E. Cesar Chavez Ave.,
Los Angeles, CA 90022
CITY TERRACE PARK  - 1126 N. Hazard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90063
ALLEN J. MARTIN PARK - 14830 S. Giordano St., La Puente, CA 91746
EUGENE A. OBREGON PARK - 4021 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90063
SAN ANGELO PARK - 245 S. San Angelo Ave., La Puente, CA 91746
RUBEN SALAZAR PARK - 3864 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90023

SD2 

ATHENS PARK - 12603 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90061
MARY M. BETHUNE PARK  - 1244 E. 61st St., Los Angeles, CA 90001
EAST RANCHO DOMINGUEZ PARK - 15116 S. Atlantic Ave., Compton, CA 90221
HELEN KELLER PARK - 1045 W. 126th St., Los Angeles, CA 90044
JESSE OWENS PARK - 9651 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90047
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT PARK - 7600 Graham Ave., Los Angeles CA 90001
TED WATKINS MEMORIAL PARK - 1335 E. 103rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90002

SD3 

EL CARISO PARK - 13100 Hubbard St., Sylmar, CA 91342

SD4 

ADVENTURE PARK - 10130 S. Gunn Ave., Whittier, CA 90605
AMIGO PARK - 5700 Juarez Ave., Whittier, CA 90606
AMELIA MAYBERRY PARK - 13201 E. Meyer Road, Whittier, CA 90605
SORENSEN PARK - 11419 Rose Hedge Dr., Whittier, CA 90606

SD5 

PAMELA COUNTY PARK- 2236 Goodall Ave., Duarte, CA 91010
LOMA ALTA PARK - 3330 N. Lincoln Ave., Altadena, CA 91001
STEPHEN SORENSEN PARK - 16801 East Avenue P, Lake Los Angeles, CA  93591
VAL VERDE COMMUNTY REGIONAL PARK - 30300 W. Arlington Road,
Val Verde, CA 91384