The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is bringing back the Parks After Dark (PAD) Program for the 8th year in a row! From June 14 to August 4, Parks After Dark will be offered from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
With 33 parks participating countywide, PAD provides opportunities for families and neighbors to engage in a broad variety of fun activities and events throughout the summer evenings. Extended hours of park operation allow for movies, concerts and cultural shows, team sports, dance classes, and swimming. PAD also features informative workshops for adults, covering topics such as healthy cooking, parenting, and computer and financial literacy skills.
The parks offer fairs, youth employment, volunteer opportunities, free meals, arts and crafts, family games, face-painting, bouncers, and much more. Several PAD Parks will also feature the Natural History Museum’s “Mobile Museums,” offering children interactive and educational experiences in archeology and oceanic studies.
Parks After Dark’s highly successful, award-winning program is a collaboration among the Department of Public Health, the Sheriff’s Department, the Board of Supervisors, and many other government and community-based organizations. PAD creates safe havens and community hubs at local parks, making it easier for people to be active, build relationships with neighbors and law enforcement, and access needed health and social services that promote community-wide healing. UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research has recently found that PAD not only promoted healthy behavior but also decreased crime within the parks.
Find a Park After Dark near you and start planning your summer!