On Thursday, Los Angeles County Parks After Dark, including Val Verde Park, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Door IX with a much-awaited girls’ sports clinic and show starting at 6 p.m.
Over 1,800 girls between the ages of 5 and 18 will have the opportunity to learn skills and techniques from various sports such as soccer, lacrosse, softball, basketball and cheerleading. Sports will be different in each park.
In 1972, Act Ninth, the Civil Rights Act prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in any school or other college sports, was passed into law to provide equal opportunities, scholarships, and girls’ participation in sports. In 2022, the Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking to introduce girls’ sports across the county to support the Title IX vision and aim for gender equality in all athletic programs.
“The department’s goal is to provide a safe space for girls to play, increase opportunities for coaches and administrators, and provide a positive experience while participating in sports,” says Regina Bradley, director of Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation.
The department currently offers sports opportunities for girls in soccer, 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-focused activities that transform local parks into safe summer havens. This summer’s slate of programs will include a range of girls’ sports programs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which paved the way for gender equality for girls’ participation in sports.
The LA County Parks after Dark program is made possible by the generosity of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors – District One Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, District Two Supervisor and Chairman Holly J. Mitchell, District III Supervisor Sheila Coyle, District IV Supervisor Janice Hahn and District Fifth Supervisor Katherine Barger, which represents the Santa Clarita County-Los Angeles County Executive Office, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, the Los Angeles County Department of Probation and many community organizations throughout Los Angeles County.
“Now more than ever, Los Angeles County families need to heal from the trauma caused by COVID-19 as well as the financial stresses many people are facing,” said Norma Edith Garcia Gonzalez, Los Angeles County Parks executive. “After-dark theme parks remove barriers to recreational opportunities and provide families free of charge rich experiences that promote mental and physical health through fun and games.”
The Parks After Dark Programme, launched in 2010, has proven to be a successful prevention and intervention program that provides multiple benefits to vulnerable communities, reduces violence and crime, and increases social cohesion and community well-being. In 2018, Parks After Dark was recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association, which awarded LA County Parks and Recreation the Best Innovation Award.
For more information about Parks After Dark, visit https://parks.lacounty.gov/PAD
All PAD parks will host programming on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 6pm to 10pm between June 16 and August 6:
Val Verde Community Provincial Park – 30300 W Arlington Rd, Val Verde
Jackie Robinson Park – 8773 E Avenue R, Littlerock
Stephen Sorenson Park – 16801 E Avenue B, Lake Los Angeles
George Lynn Park – 5520 WV L-8, Quartz Hill
El Cariso Community Regional Park 13100 Hubbard Sylmar Street
Loma Alta Park – 3330 n. Lincoln Ave., Altadena
Pamela County Park – 2236 Goodall Ave., Duarte
Valdale Park – 5525 N. Lark Ellen Ave., Azusa
Charter Oak Park – 20261 E. Covina Blvd. , Covina
San Angelo Park – 245 San Angelo Street, La Puente
Bassett Park – 510 N. Vineland Ave. La Puente
Allen J Martin Park – 14830 E. Giordano Street, La Puente
Rimgrove Park – 747 n. Rimgrove Doctor, La Pointe
William Steinmetz Park – 1545 South, Stimson Street, 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 Mayer Rd, Whittier
City Terrace Park 1126 Hazard Street, East Los Angeles
Eugene A Obregon Park – 4021 E. First Street, Los Angeles
Belvedere Community Regional Park 4914 Cesar Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles
Ruben Salazar Garden – 3864 Whittier Blvd. , Los Angeles
Saybrook Park – 6250 H Northside Doctor, East Los Angeles
East Rancho Dominguez Park – 15116 S. Atlantic Ave., Compton
Mona Park – 2291 H 121 Compton Street
Athena Garden – 12603 S Broadway, Los Angeles
Mary M. Bethune Park – 1244 E. 61st Street, Los Angeles
Irvin Johnson Park “Magic” – 905 E. El Segundo Blvd, Los Angeles
Helen Keeler Park 12521 Fairmont Street, Los Angeles
Jesse Owens Provincial Community Park – 9651 S. Western Ave. , Los Angeles
Franklin D. Roosevelt Park – 7600 Graham Street, Los Angeles
Ted Watkins Memorial Park – 1335 E. 103rd Street, Los Angeles
Colonel Leon H Washington Park – 8908 S. Maie Ave. , Los Angeles
George Washington Carver Park – 1400H 118th Street, Los Angeles
About LA County Parks and Recreation
The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation operates 183 parks and operates a network of 70,079 acres of parkland, 475 sports facilities such as futsal, basketball, tennis, bowling, multi-purpose courts, 42 swimming pools, 15 wildlife preserves, and 10 nature centers that serve as a refuge For more than 200 animals, 14 lakes – 3 of which are boating and swimming lakes, 5 equestrian centers, more than 210 miles of multi-use trails for walking, biking, and horseback riding, and the nation’s largest indigenous golf system, made up of 20 golf courses. The department also maintains four botanical centers: Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden, South Coast Botanical Garden, Descanso Gardens, and Virginia Robinson Gardens. The department also owns and operates the famous Hollywood Bowl Theater and John Anson Ford Amphitheater, which are jointly operated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, providing the county’s residents with valuable recreational and cultural resources.