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How Playing in the Park After Dark Unifies South L.A.

Summer Night Lights Reclaimed Public Space From Gangs and Started a Beloved Community Tradition

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This summer, 32 parks around Los Angeles—many located in South L.A.—will stay open until 11 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

This is Summer Night Lights, one of L.A.’s most popular programs. As you can see in Mike Kotowski’s video of the first Summer Night Lights of the season at Ross Snyder Park, children and families enjoyed the new playground and played soccer games on three newly resurfaced fields long after dark.

Summer Night Lights has its roots in South L.A. As Rev. Jeff Carr recounts in his piece for Zócalo’s South …

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