The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation kicks off the 2018 Parks After Dark (PAD) season on June 14 at 33 county parks, with numerous free programs and events for children and the entire family to enjoy during balmy summer evenings.
PAD 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, health outreach and social services.
PAD takes place Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and will last until Aug. 4 at 33 parks throughout the County.
These 33 county parks will host free activities that include organized sports, exercise classes, teen activities, swimming, concerts and movies, arts and crafts and jumpers for kids, cooking classes, and resource fairs that offer social, health, youth employment, economic and legal services. Some parks will also host Environment, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (ESTEAM) informational mobile museums and booths.
“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, Department of Mental Health, Department of Public Health, Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services; Probation Department, Department of Children and Family Services, and many other government and community-based organizations.