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VIDEO: County's Parks After Dark Program Leads To Friendly Basketball Game Between Sheriff's Deputies And Compton Teens

Lennox Park Community Mural Completed!

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has worked with the youth of the Lennox Community over the summer to create “Love Is In The Air” a large mural at the entrance to the Lennox Park on the corner of Lennox Blvd and Condon Ave. This project was fully envisioned and created by the Lennox community in coordination with muralist Roger Dolin. At the Lennox Family Festival in May, the community worked with Roger to design the mural and over the subsequent three months, learned how to paint and quickly saw their vision become a work of art. This project was done in partnership with Create Now, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Department of Parks and Recreation. There will be an official unveiling of the mural at noon on August 26th. Please join us!

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Work Begins on New Civic Park

Civic Park

A city’s urban heart is an expression of its people, its diversity, its interests, and its passions. The new Civic Park, with its majestic views extending from the Music Center to City Hall, will provide Angelenos of all walks of life a place where they can come together to celebrate, reflect, and shape the future, in one central gathering place. Throughout the Civic Park, open spaces are being developed not only for casual sitting and leisurely strolling, but also for civic gatherings.

When completed in 2012, the Civic Park will have four distinct areas featuring amenities ranging from a restored historic Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain with a new wade-able membrane pool, a small intimate performance lawn, a community terrace planted with drought tolerant specimen plants representing the diverse cultural make-up of Los Angeles itself, and a grand event lawn. The new Civic Park allows for a strong visual and physical connection from Grand Avenue via a series of stairs, accessible ramps and sloped walks as well as a new elevator to invite more pedestrians into a vibrant garden environment, a place to come together in a welcoming and distinctly urban oasis.

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Parks After Dark at Ted Watkins Park

The Department of Parks and Recreation is coordinating the Parks After Dark Program to include extended recreational, educational, cultural and family activities.

By increasing the use of parks as social and community resources, it is hoped that communities will be strengthened and individuals will be influenced to see their communities and neighbors in a better light at the following Second District County Park:

Ted Watkins Park
1335 East 103rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90002
323-357-3032

Parks After Dark programming takes place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until Saturday, September 4, 2010, from 6:00pm to 11:00pm. (Click HERE to view the flyer)

Some of the activities include:

· Concerts in the Park
· Movies in the Park
· Activities for Teens
· Organized Sports
· Swimming
· Dance Classes
· Health and Wellness

Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation Announces Parks After Dark Program Extended Summer Hours and Programming at Three L.A. County Parks

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation has begun its Parks After Dark (PAD) program at three Los Angeles County parks. PAD will offer surrounding communities and youth extended park hours and activities and will be implemented at three County parks: Ted Watkins Park and Franklin Roosevelt Park in the Florence Firestone area; and Pamela Park in unincorporated Duarte.

Extended park hours will take place Wednesdays to Saturdays through September 4, 2010. Additional programming and activities for all community residents will include sports activities, cultural and educational activities, musical concerts in the parks, movies in the parks, employment opportunities for local youth and resource fairs.

PAD will provide youth with productive activities to decrease the likelihood of participation in at-risk behavior, including gang activity and 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.

For a complete listing of hours and activities that will be available at each location, visit the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation website at: http://parks.lacounty.gov