Parks After Dark

Parks After DarkIn neighborhoods with high crime rates and economic hardship, the Parks After Dark program turns parks into vibrant community centers. Participating county parks stay open late during summer evening hours, when crime rates are the highest and youth have fewer social and recreational opportunities. Participating parks provide a variety of free activities for community members of all ages. In 2018, the Parks After Dark program ran from June 14 to August 4 at 33 parks countywide. Parks After Dark will return in June 2019.

Activities at Parks After Dark


Sports, Dance, & Fitness

  • LA Sparks Basketball Clinics
  • Basketball – Open Play, 3 on 3, Leagues, Clinics
  • Baseball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Golf and Tennis lessons
  • Martial arts
  • Dance class – African, Aztecas, Creative Movement, Krump, Freestyle, Hip Hop, Line, Salsa
  • Zumba®
  • STRONG by Zumba®
  • Bike rides
  • Walking clubs
  • Rec swim
  • Open gym
  • Aerobics – Family, Step, Water
  • Dodge Ball
  • Tennis
  • Tumbling
  • Yoga


  • Art in the Park
  • Movies in the Park
  • Concerts in the Park
  • Teen Clubs
  • Talent Shows
  • Family Game Night
  • Music classes & karaoke
  • Face Painting
  • Petting Zoo


  • Car Seat Safety
  • Child Development
  • CPR/First Aid Workshop
  • Home Owner Information
  • Healthy Cooking
  • Parenting
  • Reading
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Computer
  • Ask the Nurse
  • Ask a Sheriff
  • Healthy Eating
  • Self Defense

Resource Fairs

  • Health and Wellness
  • Jobs
  • Legal
  • Social services
  • Back to School

Useful Links

LA County Department of Park and Recreation

Parks After Dark Evaluation Brief

Potential Costs and Health Benefits of Park After Dark

Parks After Dark Report

LA County Department of Park and Recreation – Parks After Dark Program

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