FREE Back to School Immunization Program


Get your child’s shots for the new school year BEFORE summer is over! Please bring your Yellow Card with you.

August 14th (1 pm – 5 pm)
Ted Watkins Park
1335 E. 103rd St.

August 18th (9 am – 12 pm)
WIC – Compton
130 E. Compton Blvd.

August 26th (1 pm – 5 pm)
G.W. Carver Park
1400 E. 118th St.

August 28th (1 pm -5 pm)
Campanella Park
14812 S. Stanford Ave.

September 1st (9 am – 12 pm)
WIC – Florence
501 E. Florence Ave.

September 2nd (2 pm – 5 pm)
WIC – Lynwood
3811 M.L. King, Jr. Blvd.

More information (Spanish)

Free Movie Screening of Inkheart at Helen Keller Park this Saturday



Starring: Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany, Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent, Andy Serkis, Eliza Hope Bennett, Rafi Gavron

Saturday, August 8
6:30 p.m. Refreshments
7:30 p.m. Movie

Helen Keller Park
1045 W. 126th
Los Angeles, CA 90044
Info: 323-241-6702

More Second District weekend activities

CHAMPIONS: Los Angeles County Swim Team From South L.A.


The Los Angeles County Swim Team, 97 youth from three South Los Angeles communities, won the 2009 USA State Swim Championship in San Diego on July 18. The team, representing Jesse Owens, Victoria and Ted Watkins parks of the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, is made up of almost 100 boys and girls from 10 to 18 years old.

“We are so proud of the accomplishments of these youth, their commitment and their drive to succeed,” said Russ Guiney, Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Competing against 20 other teams and 800 competitors from all over California, the L.A. County Swim Team garnered 100 gold, silver and bronze medals in 12 events that tested swimmers in every competitive stoke.

“We shocked everyone out there. They were asking who we were and where we were from,” said Fernando Medina, swim coach at Victoria Park Pool. “We made a huge impact as a team.” Competing in the event for the first time, the team from Los Angeles County out swam perennial powerhouse teams from throughout California.

The team is supported by the Aquatic Foundation of Metropolitan Los Angeles, coached by Department of Parks and Recreation employees Medina, Nick Orozco, Christina Melendez and Tony Martinez and trains at Los Angeles County pools operated by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

California State Games is a festival of Olympic-style competition for California’s amateur athletes of all ages and abilities. State Games is a community-based member of the United States Olympic Committee. In addition to Summer State Games, they host the California Winter Games with figure skating, ice hockey, skiing and snowboarding.

FREE Summer Lunch and Snack Program Starts Monday!

The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation will provide free lunches and snacks to children across LA County. This health focused program was created to reverse the growing percentage of obese youth in the United States and provide a meal for children who otherwise wouldn’t eat lunch during the summer months. Each week children ages 1 to 18 can receive a nutritious lunch and snack, Monday through Friday until August 28 free of charge. The types of food served during the program include baked chips, sandwiches, granola bars, fresh fruits and juices, muffins and healthy dairy products such as string cheese and yogurt. In order for participating parks to qualify for the program, they must service an elementary, middle or high school that has more than 50% of its students receiving reduced or free lunch. The only requirement for recipients is that they are 18 years or younger.

Second District Park Sites

UPDATE: On Monday, July 6, 2009, Los Angeles County Parks opened their doors for the Summer Lunch and Snack Program. At the close of the first day, approximately 1,605 lunches and 1,395 snacks were served to children ages 1 to 18 years throughout the Second District. Lunches included a sandwich, snack, fresh fruit and milk. All parks are selected based on percentage of children who receive free or reduced lunch at nearby schools.