Parks Af­ter Dark events set for Val Verde

County’s Parks and Re­cre­ation De­part­ment aims at com­mu­nity-build­ing with fam­ily-friendly pro­grams

The Signal - - NEWS - By Perry Smith Sig­nal Deputy Man­ag­ing Ed­i­tor

For those look­ing for fam­ily-friendly fun in Val Verde this sum­mer, the county’s Parks and Re­cre­ation De­part­ment is kick­ing off a sea­son of events Thurs­day.

In the Santa Clarita Val­ley, Parks Af­ter Dark is com­ing to Val Verde Com­mu­nity Re­gional Park, which is host­ing events Thurs­days, Fri­days and Satur­days from 6 to 10 p.m.

The free pro­grams are aimed at com­mu­ni­ty­build­ing and pro­vid­ing ac­tiv­i­ties the whole fam­ily can take part in, of­fi­cials said.

“Parks Af­ter Dark builds re­silient com­mu­ni­ties across Los An­ge­les County,” said John Wicker, di­rec­tor of the Los An­ge­les County Parks and Re­cre­ation De­part­ment.

“We part­ner with nu­mer­ous county de­part­ments and com­mu­ni­ty­based 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.”

The of­fer­ings are sim­i­lar to Youth Ac­tiv­ity League pro­grams that are avail­able through the Sher­iff’s De­part­ment, said Deputy Bryan Rooney, who runs the YAL pro­gram for the SCV Sher­iff’s Sta­tion, which also is based out of Val Verde Park.

The added ad­van­tages of the night events are slightly cooler tem­per­a­tures, Rooney said, and the evening-time ac­tiv­i­ties are all-ages, whereas dur­ing the day the YAL is ex­clu­sively for mi­nors.

“It gives the adults an op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved in the ac­tiv­i­ties that we pro­vide for kids on a daily ba­sis,” Rooney said. “It’s kind of a con­tin­u­a­tion of the fun, pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties that take place dur­ing the day.”

The Parks Af­ter Dark pro­gram starts to­day at 33 parks through­out Los An­ge­les County. The pro­gram is con­tin­u­ing un­til the first week of Au­gust. More in­for­ma­tion on the pro­gram can be found at parks.la­county.gov.

Any­one in­ter­ested in be­com­ing in­volved in the YAL pro­gram can call 661-257-4021.

Sig­nal file photo

Fam­ily-friendly events are set for Val Verde Com­mu­nity Re­gional Park as part of Parks Af­ter Dark.

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