LOS ANGELES – On Thursday, June 23, 2022, 34 participating Parks After Dark (PAD) parks will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Title IX with a highly anticipated girls’ sports clinic and showcase starting at 6:00 p.m.
More than 1,800 girls, ages 5 to 18 will have the opportunity to learn skills and techniques from various sports such as soccer, lacrosse, softball, basketball and cheerleading. Sports will vary at each park.
In 1972, Title IX, the civil rights legislation that prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or any other college sports was passed into law to provide equal opportunity, scholarships and participation for girls in sports. In 2022, the department of Parks and Recreation is striving to offer girls sports County-wide to support the vision of Title IX and aiming for gender equity across all sports programs.
“The department’s goal is to provide a safe space dedicated for girls to play, increase opportunities for women coaches and administrators and to provide a positive experience while participating in sports,” says Regina Bradley, LA County Parks and Recreation Sports Manager.
The department currently offers sport opportunities for girls in flag football, soccer, softball, basketball, lacrosse, cheerleading and volleyball.
Parks After Dark is an award-winning program designed to bring communities together by filling park spaces with family-centered activities that transform local parks into summer safe havens. This summer’s program lineup will feature an array of girls’ sports programs to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which paved the way to gender equity for girl’s participation in sports.
The L.A. County Parks after Dark program is possible thanks to the generosity of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors – First District Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, Second District Supervisor and Board Chair Holly J. Mitchell, Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Fourth District Supervisor Janice Hahn and Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger – L.A. County Chief Executive Office, L.A. County Department of Public Social Services, L.A. County Probation Department and many community-based organizations throughout L.A. County.
“Now more than ever, L.A. County families need park spaces to heal from the trauma brought on by COVID-19 combined with the financial stress many people are facing,” L.A. County Parks Executive Director Norma Edith García-González said. “Parks after Dark eliminates barriers to recreational opportunities and introduces families to no cost enriching experiences that promote mental and physical health through fun and games.”
Parks After Dark, launched in 2010, has proven to be a successful prevention and intervention program that provides multiple benefits to vulnerable communities,decreasing violence and crime, and increasing social cohesion and community well-being. In 2018, Parks After Dark was recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association, which presented L.A. County Parks and Recreation with its Best in Innovation award.
For more information on Parks After Dark, visit https://parks.lacounty.gov/PAD.
All PAD parks will host programs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 6:00-10:00PM between June 16th and August 6th:
Jackie Robinson Park – 8773 E. Avenue R, Littlerock
Stephen Sorenson Park – 16801 E. Avenue P, Lake Los Angeles
George Lane Park – 5520 W. Ave L-8, Quartz Hill
Val Verde Community Regional Park – 30300 W. Arlington Rd., Val Verde
El Cariso Community Regional Park – 13100 Hubbard St., Sylmar
Loma Alta Park – 3330 N. Lincoln Ave., Altadena
Pamela County Park – 2236 Goodall Ave., Duarte
Valleydale Park – 5525 N. Lark Ellen Ave., Azusa
Charter Oak Park – 20261 E. Covina Blvd., Covina
San Angelo Park – 245 S. San Angelo Ave., La Puente
Bassett Park – 510 N. Vineland Ave., La Puente
Allen J. Martin Park – 14830 E. Giordano St., La Puente
Rimgrove Park – 747 N. Rimgrove Dr., La Puente
William Steinmetz Park – 1545 S, Stimson Ave., Hacienda Heights
Amigo Park – 5700 S. Juarez Ave., Whittier
Sorenson Park – 11419 Rose Hedge Dr., Whittier
Adventure Park – 10130 S. Gunn Ave., Whittier
Amelia Mayberry Park – 13201 E. Meyer Rd., Whittier
City Terrace Park – 1126 N. Hazard Ave., East Los Angeles
Eugene A. Obregon Park – 4021 E. First St., Los Angeles
Belvedere Community Regional Park – 4914 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles
Ruben Salazar Park – 3864 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles
Saybrook Park – 6250 E. Northside Dr., East Los Angeles
East Rancho Dominguez Park – 15116 S. Atlantic Ave., Compton
Mona Park – 2291 E. 121st St., Compton
Athens Park – 12603 S. Broadway, Los Angeles
Mary M. Bethune Park – 1244 E. 61st St., Los Angeles
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park – 905 E. El Segundo Blvd, Los Angeles
Helen Keller Park – 12521 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles
Jesse Owens Community Regional Park – 9651 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles
Franklin D. Roosevelt Park – 7600 Graham Ave., Los Angeles
Ted Watkins Memorial Park – 1335 E. 103rd St., Los Angeles
Col. Leon H. Washington Park – 8908 S. Maie Ave., Los Angeles
George Washington Carver Park – 1400 E. 118th St., Los Angeles