Parks After Dark, now in its fifth year, offers extended hours and programming for Los Angeles County parks in underserved communities.  Parks are kept open on summer weekends to provide local youth and families with a variety of free recreational opportunities, health outreach, and social services. Extended hours begin on Thursday, June 12, 2014  and conclude on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Ted Watkins, Jesse Owens, and Roosevelt Parks. Programming will commence at Loma Alta, Pamela, and City Terrace Parks on Thursday, July 10, 2014 and conclude on Saturday, August 16, 2014. The program takes place Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and includes approximately 30 programs including healthy cooking classes, sports, and exercise classes, movies in the park, concerts, computer courses, and health and social service resource fairs. Parks After Dark is a partnership between the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and many other County and community agencies.

The PAD Program provides youth with productive activities to decrease the likelihood of participation in at-risk behavior, including gang activity. The program is a component of the County’s Gang Initiative, intended to reduce gangs and gang violence.  The goal of PAD is to strengthen individuals in communities and influence them to see their communities and neighbors in a better light. The PAD Program was made possible with a host of community partnerships including LA 84 Foundation, the County Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, Public Health and the County Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

Contact a participating park near you for programs and schedules.

Roosevelt Park

7600 Graham Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90001

(323) 586-7228

 

Ted Watkins Park

1335 E. 103rd Street

Los Angeles, CA 90002

(323) 357-3032

 

Jesse Owens Park

9651 S. Western Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90047

(323) 241-6704

 

Loma Alta Park

3330 N. Lincoln Avenue

Lennox, CA 90304

(310) 794-8811

 

City Terrace Park

1126 N. Hazard Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90063

(323) 260-2371

 

Pamela Park

2236 Goodall Avenue

Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 357-1619