“Parks After Dark” is held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at the City Heights, Linda Vista, and Skyline Hills Recreation Centers from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Aug. 27. Courtesy photo.

San Diego’s “Parks After Dark, ” is a new “Come Play Outside” program transforming three parks into some of the biggest and best free parties in town every weekend this summer. 

“Parks After Dark” is held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at the City Heights, Linda Vista, and Skyline Hills Recreation Centers from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through Aug. 27.

The events feature live entertainment, activities for all ages, games, and free meals for kids. 

“Parks After Dark” is designed to positively activate public spaces to reduce crime and create social cohesion by bringing joy to the community and creating safe places to play on summer nights.

In Los Angeles, data showed that the first three parks to host similar programs saw a 32 percent decrease in serious and violent crimes within their first 3 years, between 2009 and 2013.

The program is made possible by the San Diego Parks Foundation, the city of San Diego, the County of San Diego, and the Price Philanthropies Foundation.

For more information, please visit www.comeplaysd.com



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