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LOS ANGELES, CA – It’s Park Time L.A. County! Parks After Dark is ready to bring its annual Winter Wonderland experience to 11 area parks Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4, transforming them into wintry paradises and bringing 40 tons of snow to spread holiday cheer throughout the Southland! Prepare for a frosty good time complete with sled rides, snow play areas, holiday crafts, hot cocoa stations, food and toy giveaways and a visit from Santa Claus! All for free!
Every child from ages 0-17 will receive a holiday stocking, while supplies last. Thanks to the generosity of Mattel Inc., each stocking will be filled with toys and games, with brands that include Barbie, Hot Wheels, UNO and MEGA. Families should plan to arrive early so that every child can receive a stocking!
The first weekend of Winter Wonderland will come to Bethune, Pamela and Sorenson parks on Friday, Dec. 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. Adventure, Obregon, San Angelo, Ted Watkins, and Val Verde parks will join the fun on Saturday Dec. 4 from 12 to 4 p.m., while Jackie Robinson, Rimgrove, and Roosevelt parks will see snow fun from 4 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 4.
Winter Wonderland festivities will continue throughout December at 22 additional L.A. County Parks After Dark locations.
The L.A. County Parks Winter Wonderland is possible thanks to the generosity of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors – First District Supervisor and Board Chair Hilda L. Solis, Second District Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell, Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Fourth District Supervisor Janice Hahn and Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger – L.A. County Parks and Recreation Executive Board, Los Angeles Department of Social Services, L.A. County Probation Department, and the Los Angeles Regional Food Banks.
“Now more than ever, L.A. County families need park spaces to heal from the trauma brought on by COVID-19,” L.A. County Parks Executive Director Norma Edith García-González said. “This free event eliminates barriers to recreational opportunities and introduces families to enriching experiences that promote mental and physical health by gathering as communities and families in parks.”
Parks After Dark, launched in 2010, is an award-winning program designed to bring communities together by filling park spaces with family centered activities, 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.
Mattel’s in-kind donation is part of its annual Global Gift of Play initiative, providing in-kind toy donations to nonprofit organizations all around the world to help celebrate the holidays.
For more information on Parks After Dark Winter Wonderland, visit https://parks.lacounty.gov/PAD.
Locations, dates, and times for Parks After Dark Winter Wonderland are listed below:
Mary M. Bethune Park – 1244 E. 61st St., Los Angeles – (4-8 p.m.)
Pamela County Park – 2236 Goodall Ave., Duarte – (4-8 p.m.)
Sorenson Park – 11419 Rose Hedge Dr., Whittier – (4-8 p.m.)
Adventure Park – 10130 S. Gunn Ave., Whittier – (12-4 p.m.)
Eugene A. Obregon Park – 4021 E. First St., Los Angeles – (12-4 p.m.)
San Angelo Park – 245 S. San Angelo Ave., La Puente – (12-4 p.m.)
Ted Watkins Memorial Park – 1335 E. 103rd St., Los Angeles – (12-4 p.m.)
Val Verde Community Regional Park – 30300 W. Arlington Rd., Val Verde (12-4 p.m.)
Jackie Robinson Park – 8773 E. Avenue R, Littlerock – (4-8 p.m.)
Rimgrove Park – 747 N. Rimgrove Dr., La Puente – (4-8 p.m.)
Franklin D. Roosevelt Park – 7600 Graham Ave., Los Angeles – (4-8 p.m.)
Allen J. Martin Park – 14830 E. Giordano St., La Puente – (4-8 p.m.)
Amelia Mayberry Park – 13201 E. Meyer Rd., Whittier – (4-8 p.m.)
Valleydale Park – 5525 N. Lark Ellen Ave., Azusa – (4-8 p.m.)
Amigo Park – 5700 S. Juarez Ave., Whittier – (12-4 p.m.)
Bassett Park – 510 N. Vineland Ave., La Puente – (12-4 p.m.)
City Terrace Park – 1126 N. Hazard Ave., East Los Angeles – (12-4 p.m.)
El Cariso Community Regional Park – 13100 Hubbard St., Sylmar – (12-4 p.m.)
Helen Keller Park – 12521 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles – (12-4 p.m.)
Athens Park – 12603 S. Broadway, Los Angeles – (4-8 p.m.)
Loma Alta Park – 3330 N. Lincoln Ave., Altadena – (4-8 p.m.)
Saybrook Park – 6250 E. Northside Dr., East Los Angeles – (4-8 p.m.)
George Washington Carver Park – 1400 E. 118th St., Los Angeles – (4-8 p.m.)
Jesse Owens Community Regional Park – 9651 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles – (4-8 p.m.)
William Steinmetz Park – 1545 S, Stimson Ave., Hacienda Heights – (4-8 p.m.)
Belvedere Community Regional Park – 4914 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., Los Angeles (12-4 p.m.)
Col. Leon H. Washington Park – 8908 S. Maie Ave., Los Angeles (12-4 p.m.)
Mona Park – 2291 E. 121st St., Compton (12-4 p.m.)
Ruben F. Salazar Park – 3864 Whittier Blvd., Los Angeles (12-4 p.m.)
Stephen Sorenson Park – 16801 E. Avenue P, Lake Los Angeles (12-4 p.m.)
Charter Oak Park – 20261 E. Covina Blvd., Covina – (4-8 p.m.)
East Rancho Dominguez Park – 15116 S. Atlantic Ave., Compton – (4-8 p.m.)
George Lane Park – 5520 W. Ave L-8, Quartz Hill – (4-8 p.m.)