LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti officially kicked off the 10th consecutive summer of Summer Night Lights (SNL), a landmark program that keeps parks and recreation centers open late to provide young people and families with safe, fun gathering spaces during the summer months.
Since 2011, the Office of the United States Attorney for theCentral District of California has been in partnership with the City of Los Angeles to create safer, healthier, and stronger communities in high-crime areas.
HIGHLAND PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) —
The Summer Night Lights program, aimed at combating the influence of street gangs with positive action, will keep 32 recreation centers and parks opened later in Los Angeles.
The program, in its ninth year, allows children and their parents to enjoy the public areas until 11 p.m. during the summer.
To encourage family fun and fight gang violence, dozens of parks across Los Angeles will keep the candle burning beginning Wednesday night.
The Summer Night Lights 2015 will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at 32 parks across the city, including six in the San Fernando Valley. In early August, they’ll open late on Fridays and Saturdays.
Since late June, the program run by the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) with support from the Los Angeles Police Department and other agencies has held open 32 city parks through 11:00 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, creating a safe place for families to enjoy sports, games, art classes and other activities in neighborhoods impacted by violence.
Wednesday kicks off the latest season of Summer Night Lights, an anti-gang initiative meant to curb violence by keeping L.A. parks open after-hours.
Now in its sixth season, the program takes place at 32 public parks throughout the city, which are chosen based on their proximity to areas with high rates of gang-related crime. In South L.A., there are multiple parks participating, including South Park and Ross Snyder Recreation Center.
LOS ANGELES — Harvard Park has been a no-man’s land after dark for decades. Its location, at the borders of rival gang turf, has made it more a demilitarized zone than public space since the inception of this city’s oldest and most entrenched street gangs. So there was a giddy excitement among the thousand or so South Los Angeles neighbors who came last week to celebrate the park’s inclusion in Summer Night Lights, a program designed to combat gang violence by keeping lights on until midnight in some of the city’s roughest parks.
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