Mona, East Rancho Dominguez kickoff ‘Parks After Dark’ program
Parks After Dark takes place Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 6-10 p.m. through Aug. 4
East Rancho Dominguez Park. Compton Parks & Rec.
Parks After Dark encourages healthy living, promotes social connectedness and provides safe havens during extended evening hours
LOS ANGELES – The 2018 Parks After Dark (PAD) program kicks off the season, June 14 at 33 county parks, including East Rancho Dominguez and Mona parks in Compton, with numerous free programs and events for children and the entire family to enjoy during balmy summer evenings.
Parks After Dark encourages healthy living, promotes social connectedness and provides safe havens during extended evening hours of park operation and programming at parks throughout Los Angeles County. Parks will be kept open to provide local youth and families with a variety of free recreational opportunities, youth employment, health outreach and social services.
PAD is presented by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation and takes place Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 6-10 p.m. from June 14 to Aug. 4 at Compton’s East Rancho Dominguez Park, 15116 S. Atlantic Ave. [MAP]; and Mona Park, 2291 E. 121st St. [MAP], respectively.
Since its inception in 2010, Parks After Dark has helped transform County parks into safe havens for community members to participate in quality programming and gain access to valuable resources.
Since its inception, PAD has helped transform gang-impacted parks into safe community hubs. A 2017 evaluation conducted by UCLA showed that PAD achieves high participation rates and increases access to quality services and programming (there were over 198,000 visits to the PAD parks in 2017).
“Parks After Dark builds resilient communities across Los Angeles County,” said John Wicker, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. “We partner with numerous county departments and community-based organizations to provide an incredible array of free, fun and outcome-based programming and services for youth and families. PAD also provides a comprehensive and collaborative approach to fostering social cohesion, reducing crime rates, creating safe park environments, and enhancing health.”
PAD is led by the Department of Parks and Recreation, with strong support from partners including the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Chief Executive Office, Sheriff’s Department.